The Byzness

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THE OXFORD BYZANTINE SOCIETY
The Byzness, 26th February 2012

1. NEWS
2. EVENTS
3. FUNDING
4. OPPORTUNITIES

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1. NEWS

Byzantine studies: Intrigue within, perils without

An interesting article in the Economist presenting an overview of the current global state of our field for an outsider’s perspective. A short but informative read. See the full article http://www.economist.com/blogs/prospero/2012/02/byzantine-studies

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Spring Symposium: Increased registration fees from 1 March

The 45th Spring Symposium of Byzantine Studies on the theme of ‘Being in Between: Byzantium in the Eleventh Century’ will be held at Exeter College and the Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies, Oxford, from 24 to 26 March, 2012. Thank you for registering in great numbers. From 10am [GMT] on 1 March, the fee for registration will increase as follows [all figures in GBP]:

Full Delegates’ Fee: 85
SPBS Members’ Fee: 75
Student/ Unwaged Fee: 35

Please register before 1 March to avail of the reduced prices. The online registration portal can be found at  http://www.oxforduniversitystores.co.uk/browse/product.asp?compid=1&modid=1&pcatid=135&catid=1413

A copy of the full programme can be found here http://www.byzantium.ac.uk/frameset_symp45.htm

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2. EVENTS

“Byzantine Defences in the Dodecanese Islands; Planned or Improvised”
SPBS & The Friends of the British School at Athens present an illustrated lecture by Michael Heslop

The lecture will take place at 6.00 pm on Tuesday 20 March 2012, followed by an informal reception, at Room G22/26, Ground Floor, South Block, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU. The nearest tube station is Russell Square. Entrance is free for SPBS members but please confirm attendance to Mike Saxby at mss714@bham.ac.uk

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Call for papers: An End to Unity? East and West in the Fourth Century
Radboud University Nijmegen (the Netherlands), 24-26 October 2012

The fourth century was a pivotal age in the history of the Roman Empire, an age of transition: New residencies of imperial power emerged in both West and East, with Constantinople as upcoming principal court and stage for imperial triumphs and celebrations. The attitude of the emperors towards Christianity changed from proscription to prescription, though religious belief and practice – Christian as well as traditional – were still diverse. Rome‟s ever-growing status as the Christian city culminated in its claim for primacy over other sees in the early 380s. The political division between East and West after the death of Theodosius I, in 395, would, in retrospect, be a definitive end to administrative unity.

This conference seeks to explore the degree of unity and discord between East and West in the fourth century from different angles. Therefore we invite scholars of all fields working on Late Antiquity to present their views on the topic. Our hope is that this meeting will prompt a dynamic interchange among scholars with a focus on ancient history, literature, archaeology, architecture, religion, law and philosophy, (but also on) cultural memory and identity building. Comparisons of political, social or cultural phenomena in the Eastern and Western part of the Empire are as much appreciated as papers which discuss fourth century views on unity (or separation). With this conference, we hope to deepen our understanding of the complexities of unity and discord in the late Roman empire.

Full announcement and call for papers may be found here.

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KOÇ UNIVERSITY SUMMER PROGRAMS

·“Doing Business in the Middle East & Turkey” * is a 3-week (17 June – 06 July) intensive summer program focusing on a blend of law-based and business-based discussions on entrepreneurial activity in this region. The program takes place in Istanbul through the collaboration of Koc University and Santa Clara University. It is open to both undergraduate and grad students.
o Scholarships
– 5 scholarships are available, equaling a 50% reduction in program fee (details in the application form on the website of the program).
o More info at  http://oip.ku.edu.tr/santaclara

·“Cappadocia in Context”* is a 3-week program (17 June – 05 July, 2012) designed specifically for graduate students in Cappadocia, led by esteemed Byzantine expert University of Pennsylvania Professor Robert Ousterhout and Dr.Tolga Uyar (University of Paris I) with the contribution of the esteemed faculty members from Koc University. The program comprises a combination of lectures, seminar discussions, site visits and field trip.
o Scholarships:
– We will offer up to five $500 grants to help cover travel costs and some portion of the program fee.  The $500 grants will be assessed based on merit and need.
– Based on a combination of merit and financial need, Koç University will be offering 2 full scholarships for the program, covering the entire program cost.
o More info at http://oip.ku.edu.tr/cappadocia/home

·“Istanbul through the Ages” * is a 4-week program (02 – 26 July, 2012) taught in modules by leading Koc professors world renowned as Ottoman and Byzantine academicians at our facility in downtown Istanbul. The program is designed for graduate students who are interested in deepening their understanding of Istanbul and adding this value to their academic focus while having a taste of the city with over 12 million inhabitants representing a true melting pot of cultures and faiths.
o Scholarships:
– We will offer up to three $500 grants to help cover travel costs and some portion of the program fee.  The $500 grants will be assessed based on merit and need.
– Based on a combination of merit and financial need, Koç University will be offering 2 full scholarships for the program, covering the entire program cost.
o More info at http://oip.ku.edu.tr/istanbul/home

·“Introduction to Ottoman Epigraphy” * is a 2-week program (09 – 20 July, 2012) on Ottoman Epigraphy led by University of Chicago Professors. The program focuses on surveying the development of the Ottoman inscriptions from a chronological standpoint starting with the earliest examples in Anatolia. There will be field trip to Bursa to study inscriptions of critical historical importance in situ. The program is designed for grad students.
o Scholarships:
– We will offer up to two $500 grants to help cover travel costs and some portion of the program fee.  The $500 grants will be assessed based on merit and need.
– Based on a combination of merit and financial need, Koç University will be offering 1 full scholarship for the program, covering the entire program cost.
o More info at http://oip.ku.edu.tr/ottoman-epigraphy/home

* The Application Deadline for all programs is 30 April 2012.
* Students will receive credits in the program they will attend.

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3. FUNDING

Ten Scholarships offered by the College of Europe, Warsaw: New deadline for applications, 15.03.12

I am pleased to announce that we are offering up to ten full scholarships to history graduates, for the academic year 2012–13, at the Natolin Campus in Warsaw. For further information about the scholarships; please follow the link: http://www.coleurop.be/template.asp?pagename=scholarship_Geremek

The Natolin Campus offers an Interdisciplinary Masters programme to about 120 students from more than 30 different countries and from a wide range of academic backgrounds.

The course of study provides a comprehensive understanding of European Affairs, in its many political, economic, social and historical dimensions. Natolin offers, in particular, the opportunity to study in depth the past and present relationship of Europe with its nearest neighbours.

The Chair of European Civilisation at the Natolin Campus of the College of Europe was created in memory of Prof. Bronisław Geremek and is funded by the European Parliament.

The scholarships, offered by the Chair of European Civilisation, are highly competitive. The application deadline has now been extended to March 15th 2012; all applications must be received by this date. Interested graduate students are invited to visit our website at www.coleurope.eu and to send their application to our Admissions Office in Bruges.

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Scholarships for studies in Greece
(modern greek summer school / post-grads)

Scholarships granted by the Greek Government to foreign nationals for academic year 2012-2013.
http://www.minedu.gov.gr/english/scholarships/15-02-12-scholarships-granted-by-the-greek-government-to-foreign-nationals-for-academic-year-2012-2013.html

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4. OPPORTUNITIES

Call for paper “Woman in Byzantium” Porphyra, XVIII, December 2012

The online journal for Byzantine Studies “Porphyra” calls for papers for its next volume (to be published in December, 2012). The topic will be “Woman in Byzantium”; every paper that will focus on this topic is welcome.
Particularly welcome are papers from Professor, Researcher and graduate student (PhD level at least).
Deadline for submissions is November (middle) 2012.
Accepted Languages are: Italian, German, French, English.

For further information:
http://www.porphyra.it/
redazione@porphyra.it

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Job Opportunities at St Cross College

Some postings relavant for people finishing, or who have recently finished, their doctorates. Further details available from http://www.stx.ox.ac.uk/general/job_opportunities

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