The Byzness

OXFORD BYZANTINE SOCIETY
The Byzness, 04 March 2012

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

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1. NEWS

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2. EVENTS

BYZANTIUM, ITS NEIGHBOURS AND ITS CULTURES: DIVERSITY AND INTERACTION AUSTRALIAN ASSOCIATION FOR BYZANTINE STUDIES XVIITH BIENNIAL CONFERENCE
20-21 July 2012, Macquarie University, New South Wales, Australia

http://home.vicnet.net.au/~byzaus/conferences/17th2012/
Registration is now open; the call for papers has been extended to 30 April.
Our understanding of Byzantium’s external and internal interactions has shifted significantly as a result of recent scholarship. The significance of this state to a millennium of developments throughout Eurasia has been examined; more importantly, the nature of contacts between Byzantium and its Eurasian neighbours has been reconceived. Models for understanding Byzantium’s interactions with its neighbours have moved from imperial centre and periphery, to ‘commonwealth’, to ‘overlapping circles’, to parallel and mutual developments in political and cultural identity. The Byzantine millennium now seems more connected, by commerce, diplomacy and common cultural heritage, than before. Artefacts and ideologies were acquired, appropriated or mediated amongst Byzantium and its neighbours in the Latin West, southeastern and central Europe, Iran and Dar al-Islam; even prolonged conflict did not preclude exchanges and indeed sometimes sprang from shared developments. At the same time, what we think of as the distinctively Byzantine milieu of Constantinople also interacted with regional cultures that at various times formed part of its empire. Coptic and Syriac cultures in Late Antiquity, Latin and Arabic regions in later periods, displayed both ambivalence and engagement with the culture of Constantinople and with its imperial and ecclesiastical leaders. As with Byzantium’s external connections, ‘centre and periphery’ models of internal interactions are giving way to more dynamic models seeing metropolis and regions as parts of broader, common developments. The conference aims to explore these developments.

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Fifth Annual International Meeting of Doctoral Students in the Field of Byzantine Studies
l’Institut national d’histoire de l’art (INHA) de Paris, 19 et 20 Octobre 2012

The program is now available.

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Patristic Studies in the Twenty-first Century: An International Conference to Mark the 50th Anniversary of AIEP/IAPS
Jerusalem, June 25-27, 2013

To mark the fiftieth anniversary of its inception, the International Association of Patristic Studies, in collaboration with the Center for the Study of Christianity in the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, will convene an international conference in Jerusalem on June 25-27, 2013. The theme of the conference will be the state of patristic studies in the twenty-first century, focusing on the implications of the various settings and interests of patristic studies for the future of the field. Susan Ashbrook Harvey (Brown University) will deliver the opening plenary lecture and Jean-Noël Guinot (Sources Chrétiennes) will deliver the concluding plenary lecture.

For further information, and the full text of the announcement, please see the full flyer.

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3. OPPORTUNITIES

PhD IN BYZANTINE STUDIES, PhD IN MODERN GREEK STUDIES
AT KING¹S COLLEGE LONDON (2012-13)

The Centre for Hellenic Studies at King¹s College London invites applications for PhD study in these fields, beginning in September 2012. Proposals are particularly welcomed in the following areas:
+ Byzantine history
+ Byzantine material culture
+ Nation-formation in Modern Greece
+ Modern Greek literature from the twelfth century to the present
+ Comparative Literature
+ Greek sociolinguistics
+ Digital Hellenic Studies

Funding opportunities are available: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/artshums/depts/chs/study/fund/index.aspx
For more information about the Centre for Hellenic Studies, go to http://www.kcl.ac.uk/artshums/depts/chs/index.aspx
For full details of PhD programmes, go to http://www.kcl.ac.uk/prospectus/research/byzantine-and-modern-greek-studies
Please address enquiries to to the member of academic staff most likely to be interested in supervising your project.

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4. FUNDING

A.G. Leventis Visiting Fellowship in Contemporary Greek Studies
St. Antony’s College, Oxford

Applications are invited for the A.G. Leventis Visiting Fellowship at SEESOX, St Antony’s College, University of Oxford, for the academic year 2012/13. The fellowship is intended to support scholarship related to Contemporary Greek Studies in the College’s areas of interest: Anthropology, Economics, International Relations, Modern History, Politics, Social Policy and Sociology. Applicants should have completed a doctorate at the time of application, have an advanced knowledge of contemporary Greece and/or Cyprus, and demonstrated research excellence in an area relevant to one of the above-mentioned disciplines. Postdoctorate scholars who have recently completed their PhD theses are encouraged to apply. The Fellow will pursue and present his/her own interest in the context of the academic life of SEESOX and the College. A good working knowledge of English is essential.

The fellowship is awarded for three terms from 1 October 2012 until 30 June 2013. It carries an expenses allowance of £20,000, plus other College benefits. Taxation in the UK and elsewhere depends on the individual circumstances of the candidate.

The successful candidate will become an associate of SEESOX, a member of the academic community of the European Studies Centre, and a Visiting Fellow of St Antony’s College. The application should include:
+ A clear research proposal which should specify the research question of the proposed research, approach, methodology and intended outcomes (3-5 pages)
+ Curriculum Vitae
+ Two names of referees with contact details

These should reach us not later than Monday 19 March 2012 and sent to: julie.adams@sant.ox.ac.uk

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