The Byzness

The Byzness, 15th April 2012


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Red Monastery video on Metropolitan Museum website

This links to a video of the Red Monastery were added by Helen Evans to the website of the Metropolitan Museum of Art as part of the materials associated with her fabulous exhibition: “Byzantium and Isla: Age of Transition.”

The video can be found on the Met museums Youtube page at:


Suzy Dufrenne – Obituary

Professeur Suzy Dufrenne died in Paris, on January  27, 2012, at age 92, after a long illness. She was one of the most prominent Byzantine art scholars both on the French and international scene.Her books on the Byzantine Psalters (Paris 1976 ) and on the Utrecht Psalter ( Paris, 1978 ) constitute summae in the field of Byzantine and Carolingian interwoven biblical iconography. A student of Andre Grabar and Louis Grodecki,she taught at the University of Strasbourg from 1966 to 1978, when she became Head of the Byzantine section of the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes in Paris. She remained there until her retirement a few years ago. Added to the numerous articles she wrote ( always in her beloved French) in international art reviews, she worked until her last years on an iconographical study of the Gregory manuscript in Paris, Gr 519. Her house, full of books, was open to scholars of all origins whom she allowed to share in her knowledge and friendship. A great scholar, she was also a great human being, a “woman of valor”.

Mati Meyer
Dept. of Literature, Language, and Arts
The Open University of Israel
1 University Rd., P.O.B. 808, Raanana 43107


Victory for Classics at Royal Holloway

On 16 March an email from a member of the Senior Managament team at Royal Holloway University of London findally confirmed, eight and a half months after the dissolution of the Classics Department was proposed, that there would be NO REDUNDANCIES WHATSOEVER in Classics. Thanks to everyone who supported this campaign.

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A.G. Leventis Fellowship in Hellenic Studies
The British School at Athens

The British School at Athens is pleased to announce the A.G. Leventis Fellowship in Hellenic Studies. The Fellowship, funded by the A.G. Leventis Foundation, is tenable at post-doctoral level to support research into the anthropology, archaeology, architecture, arts, environment, geography, history, language, literature, religion and topography of Greece and Cyprus, and related areas, in all periods to modern times. The Fellowship is tenable for three years from 1 October 2012.

The A.G. Leventis Fellowship represents an important strengthening of the intellectual life of the School and of its relations with Greece and Cyprus. The School is looking for candidates of the highest potential who will make best use of the opportunity for a prolonged period of research in Greece and other Greek lands. If the Fellow is not fluent in Greek, it is essential that s/he become fluent within six months of taking up the Fellowship. Furthermore, any Fellow whose native language is other than English must be or become fluent in English, again within six months of taking up the Fellowship.

Further details (and full text of the announcement) is available here.


The Council for British Research in the Levant is seeking to appoint a SCHOLAR to be based at the Kenyon Institute in Jerusalem

The CBRL conducts research in the subject areas supported by the British Academy in the countries of the Levant. The successful candidate will recently have completed a Masters or PhD in a relevant discipline in the humanities or social sciences and will be seeking to develop an active research interest in the area, leading to the production of a significant publication. The Scholars’ duties will include research and assisting with the administration of the Kenyon Institute. The principal responsibility of the Scholar will be to complete a programme of research relating to Jerusalem, Israel or the Palestinian Territories.

The Scholarship is tenable for two years, with a start date of 1 September 2012. The Scholar will receive an annual Scholarship of £8,000 and free accommodation. Further particulars can be downloaded here. The closing date for completed applications and references is 28th May 2012. It is anticipated that interviews will be held on Monday 25th June 2012 in London. Please circulate this email to interested colleagues and students.


Queen Mary-University of Warwick Strategic Alliance – Renaissance Studies Postdoctoral Research Fellowships

As a result of the University of Warwick’s recent announcement regarding our strategic alliance with Queen Mary, the Centre for the Study of the Renaissance is delighted to announce that applications are now open for two post-doctoral research fellowships, one based at Queen Mary and one here at Warwick, on the theme of ‘Renaissance Cultural Networks and Information Technologies, 1300-1800’. More information on the new alliance and details of the positions available can be found at do feel free to disseminate information to colleagues and potential candidates.  Application deadline is Friday 11th May 2012.


CHIOS 2012

This program is designed for students who want to make rapid progress in their Modern Greek language and deepen their knowledge of Greece and its culture. It offers an intensive language course for beginners, intermediate and advanced level students in 40 hours, divided into 10 days of teaching and includes grammar, reading, speaking, writing and provides also an insight into Greek culture and civilization. Our Greek teachers are qualified, specialized and experienced in teaching Greek as a foreign language. Moreover the course is combined with lectures, outdoor activities and various tours helping students get more familiar with contemporary Greek culture.
This summer We Learn Modern Greek at Chios, the island of Homer. Together we will discover its ancient and medieval history, the Byzantine mosaics of Nea Moni and Genoese. castles and houses.  We shall discover the aroma of a special resin called masticha, the main ingredient of a variety of products such as chewing gum, liqueurs and chemicals, new dishes , crystal-clear beaches and the unique landscape of one of the most beautiful and unique islands of Greece.


Old and Middle French Summer School
Ghent, 24-26 September 2012

A summer school offering training in Old and Middle French language and in working with documents in medieval French will take place in Ghent.
Postgraduate students at either master’s or doctoral level are welcome to apply to attend. No previous knowledge of medieval French is required. The registration fee is waived for students from the University of Oxford. For further details, see


Project: Nonnus’ Paraphrasis
University of Cyprus

Applications are invited for the position of a Special Scientist in a research program in the University of Cyprus (Department of Classical Studies and Philosophy). The program’s subject is a study of Nonnus’ hexameter poem Paraphrasis of St. John’s Gospel. Starting date: April, 2012. A doctoral degree on a relevant subject is a desirable qualification. The Special Scientist will be employed for the four remaining months of the program (until July, 31st) and he/she will be expected to work on the influence of fourth century theological writing on Nonnus. Salary: 800 euro p.m. (unmixed). Curricula Vitae should be sent to the program’s Principal Investigator Dr. Maria Ypsilanti, to the electronic address

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Appel à communications: “De l'(id)entité textuelle au cours du Moyen Âge tardif (XIIIe-XVe siècle)”
Lausanne, 27-28 Février 2013

Full text of the announcement is available here.
Proposals should be sent by April 30th to the following three email addresses:,,


Rome Re-Imagined: Byzantine and Early Islamic Africa, c. 500-800
Dumbarton Oaks 2012 Byzantine Spring Symposium, April 27-29

The short period of Byzantine rule in the Maghrib belies the region’s importance to the empire in the sixth and seventh centuries.  Given the profound economic and strategic significance of the province of “Africa,” the territory was also highly contested in the Byzantine period – between the empire, Berber kingdoms, and eventually also Muslim Arabs – as each of these groups sought to gain, retain control of, and exploit the region to its own advantage.  In light of this charged history, scholars have typically taken the failure of the Byzantine endeavor in Africa as a foregone conclusion.  This symposium seeks to reassess this pessimistic vision both by examining those elements of Romano-African identity that provided continuity in a period of remarkable transition, and by seeking to understand the transformations in African society in the context of developments in the larger post-Roman Mediterranean.  An international group of highly-respected researchers from North America, Europe, and North Africa, including both well-established and emerging scholars, will address topics including the legacy of Vandal rule in Africa, history-writing and literature, art and architectural history, the archaeology of cities and their rural hinterlands, the economy, the family, theology, the cult of saints, Berbers, and the Islamic conquest, in an effort to consider the ways in which the imperial legacy was re-interpreted, re-imagined, and put to new uses in Byzantine and early Islamic Africa.

For more information or for tickets please visit our website:

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Lecturer in Byzantine Art History (Fixed Term) Ref 582
University of Sussex, School of History, Art History & Philosophy

Fixed term for 3 years, full time
Salary range: starting at £30,122 and rising to £35,938 per annum. It is normal to appoint at the first point of the salary scale
Closing date for applications: 22 May 2012
Expected start date: 1 September 2012

The Department of Art History at Sussex enjoys an international reputation for excellence in research and teaching. Placed third in the 2008 RAE, and consistently ranked among the top departments by the Independent and Times, it is one of the most distinguished and innovative research-led art history departments in the UK. Following Professor Liz James’ award of a 3-year Leverhulme Senior Fellowship, the Department now wishes to appoint a lecturer with expertise in Byzantine art. An additional teaching knowledge of art of the classical era and/or the mediaeval era would be particularly welcome. This will be a full-time temporary post for three years. Alongside an excellent publications record, you will have clear plans for future research, and will be able to contribute to the Department’s REF submission in 2014. Experience of, or contacts in, the museums, galleries or the heritage sector may also be an advantage. The successful applicant will be expected to teach on the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in Art History and in other related academic areas, through courses that reflect their areas of research interest within the School of History, Art History and Philosophy, as well as undertaking the whole range of departmental duties.
For an informal discussion please contact Geoff Quilley, Acting Head of Department by email on or by telephone on 01273 876627. Applications should include a full Curriculum Vitae, details of research & teaching interests and experience, a list of publications and a sample of recent written work.
Ref 582 Further particulars including person specification [PDF 127.92KB]

Terms and conditions
Teaching Faculty Terms and Conditions Summary [DOC 35.50KB]
Application form – academic post [DOC 301.50KB]
Application form – academic post [PDF 57.04KB]

Please send completed application form by email to: When emailing your application please use the following format in the ‘subject’ line: (post reference number / post title / your name). If you are applying for more than one post advertised by the University, please send a separate email and application form for each post. Please attach your completed application form and any other documents directly to the email rather than using a web-based upload / weblink service (e.g. SkyDrive) otherwise we may not receive your application due to incompatibility with our email software.
Or post to: Human Resources Division, Sussex House, University of Sussex, Falmer, Brighton, BN1 9RH.
Applications should be received by midnight on the closing date.

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