The Byzness

The Byzness, 18th of March, 2012


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Oikos / Ikos: La métaphore poétologique de la maison de Sappho à Anne Comnène
Séminaire “De Troie à Byzance”, Journée d’études, Paris, 31st March 2012

The morning is dedicated to classical literary subjects, but a few papers in the afternoon may be of interest to anyone working on Late Antique or Medieval literature who feels comfortable with their French. The schedule is available here.


A one-day colloquium hosted by the Institute of Historical Research, Senate House, London, Friday 15th June 2012

Scholars of Medieval History, from MA students through to post-doctoral researchers, are invited to participate in a one-day colloquium which will address key questions in current historical writing on western Europe, Byzantium and the Eastern Mediterranean throughout the Middle Ages. It will feature a keynote lecture by Professor David Bates (UEA): ‘Is it possible to write a cultural biography of William the Conqueror?’
This event will provide a unique opportunity for researchers to contribute to some of the most pressing debates in current historiography of the Middle Ages. Each strand will take inspiration from an example of historical writing and explore the topic through a broad opening question. Participants are invited to act as lead respondents, presenting a 10 minute pre-prepared response before taking part in a roundtable discussion.
Further details are available on the conference poster.

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Ecole d’été Etudes byzantines Thessalonique 2012
Thessaloniki, Greece, July 4-16, 2012

The Center for Byzantine Studies, Neo-Hellenic and Southeast European of the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS-Paris CRH) and the Municipality of Thessaloniki are organizing a series of seminars (in English and French) in the part of a summer School, on the subject Outils à Byzance -Outils pour Byzance, held in Thessaloniki, Greece, from July 4 to 16, 2012. The school is designed for current Master and PhD students, and those who will be beginning in the autumn. To facilitate the participation of students, 35 scholarships are available.Further information, including the program and scholarships, is available here.


Archaeological Ceramics – Analysis and Conservation
4 week intensive course and field project, San Gemini, Italy, May 20 -June 16 2012

The course aims to give basic knowledge and hands on experience in the field archaeological ceramics conservation. Through classroom and workshop sessions the participants will be introduced to the following knowledge and skills:
+ Learn about materials, manufacturing processes and the evolution of the ceramic technology
+ Typologies of ceramic objects from the Classical, Medieval and Early Modern period, normally found in archaeological sites in Central Italy.
+ Analysis and documentation of ceramic artifacts, including diagnostic pottery and architectural components for their materials, morphology and object typology
+ Conservation including: cleaning, reassembly, infill techniques and presentation methods
+ Categorizing, organizing and storage of pottery sherds and other ceramic artifacts

Some of the work in the workshop will be done using recently excavated materials from the Baths of the ancient Roman town of Carsulae. The deadline for applications is March 31st, 2012.
Contact: Polly Withers, San Gemini Preservation Studies,
Further information: please visit the course WEBSITE and find our course flyer.


MSc in Late Antique, Islamic and Byzantine Studies at Edinburgh

The School of History, Classics and Archaeology at the University of Edinburgh is delighted to announce a new postgraduate programme: the MSc in Late Antique, Islamic and Byzantine Studies, starting in September 2012. This new graduate programme focuses on the languages, literature, history, archaeology, and cultures of the Long Late Antiquity.

Drawing on the exceptional range of linguistic and disciplinary expertise of staff from across the University of Edinburgh, this programme enables students to select a range of subjects including Arabic, Archaeology, Art History, Classical Languages and Literature, History, Persian and Theology.

For further details and to apply online see:

For further information contact
Professor Jim Crow, Programme Director
+44 (0)131 650 2455

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Positions for doctoral and postdoc research at Centre for Medieval Literature (Odense & York)

As of 1 February 2012, the University of Southern Denmark in Odense (in cooperation with the University of York in England) have launched an ambitious Centre for Medieval Literature, as one of the ten centres of excellence supported financially by the Danish Government.

You will be able to find all information about this interdisciplinary centre (where Byzantine literature is included and represented at Odense by our colleague Assoc. Prof. Christian Høgel) at the web address The deadline for applications is April 30.

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