The Byzness

The Byzness, May 20th, 2012


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OBS Annual meeting and elections

The Oxford Byzantine Society’s annual meeting will take place this Wednesday at 4.00 PM, immediately before the Late Antique and Byzantine Seminar. The most important part of the meeting is the election of a new committee who will take over the society for the 2012-13 academic year — be sure to come and vote! Details about the elections, including candidate profiles and pictures, can be found on the OBS website. All current graduate students, as members of the society, are encouraged to attend!

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13th Annual Postgraduate Colloquium, Centre for Byzantine Ottoman & Modern Greek Studies, University of Birmingham “Mιddle Eαrth: Exchange, Influence, Memory & Legacy 300-2012”
26th May 2012, European Research Institute

The event will also include either a tour of the medieval manuscripts (Greek, Latin, Syriac and Arabic) or a tour of the interactive facilities in the VISTA lab. Please state your preference upon registration. For more information, or to register, email
For full announcement, please download the poster.


ICS Byzantine Colloquium “When East Met West: the Reception of Latin Theological and Philosophical Thought in Late Byzantium”
Senate House, University of London 11-12 June 2012

You are cordially invited to the ICS Byzantine Colloquium “When East Met West: the Reception of Latin Theological and Philosophical Thought in Late Byzantium” to be held in Senate House, University of London, Room G22/26, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU, on Monday 11th and Tuesday 12th June 2012.
The programme and abstracts of papers are available at
Sponsored and organised by the Institute of Classical Studies of the University of London with the co-operation of The Hellenic Institute of Royal Holloway, University of London, the Colloquium is addressed to students and scholars.
To reserve a place (free of charge) please contact Charalambos Dendrinos by 25th May 2012.
We hope you will be able to join us.


Causing Health and Disease: Medical Powers in Classical and Late Antiquity
Corpus Christi College, Rainolds room, Oxford 21-22 September 2012

Invited Speakers:
Roger Batty (Keio University, Tokyo)
Philip van der Eijk (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)
Jim Hankinson  (University of Texas at Austin)
Brooke Holmes (Princeton University)
Geoffrey Lloyd (University of Cambridge)
Roberto Lo Presti (Università degli Studi di Palermo)
Popa Tiberiu (Butler University)
Barbara Zipser (Royal Holloway University of London)

Registration is £10, but free for students. Rooms in Corpus Christi College are available to those attending the conference.  The cost is £49.50 per night (single occupation, with shared toilet facilities).  Registration for rooms and shared meals will be available shortly via the online registration system, which will be accessible here. Please also note that the conference will open with a dinner and program (details tbc) on the evening of 20th September.  Participation is open to all (the cost is £35, with space for 15 participants), and registration will also be available through the online system. Graduate students seeking assistance with the costs of attending this conference may wish to apply to the The Thomas Wiedemann Memorial Fund. Its trustees are ‘particularly keen to support attendance by individuals or groups at seminars or conferences.’

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Ure Museum studentship

The University of Reading’s Classics Department is delighted to offer a funded full-time PhD studentship for an excellently qualified candidate to pursue a PhD in any field of Greek studies (archaeology, history, literature, language, philosophy, etc.). Preference may be given to a candidate who wishes to work on a topic relevant to the collections of the Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology, should a suitable candidate apply. Further information on the Ure Museum may be found on the Museum webpage,
The studentship covers the tuition fees for a three-year full-time PhD up to the rate for Home/EU students. As an element of career development, the successful candidate will be expected to work in a curatorial capacity in the Ure Museum for an average of two days per week. Some paid sessional teaching will also potentially be available in the department from year two of the programme.
Applicants should be highly motivated with Masters Degree or equivalent in a relevant subject. The studentship is open to both Home/EU and International students. (Non-EU students who apply for this award should note that it will only cover part of their PhD tuition fees).
The University of Reading is one of the Top 200 Universities in the world and committed to outstanding research. Reading’s Classics Department is one of the University’s original departments with a history of more than one-hundred years, and it has firmly established itself as a place that is internationally renowned for its wide-ranging, groundbreaking, and visionary  One of the Department’s major assets is the Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology, holding the fourth-largest collection of Greek ceramics in the UK:  We also benefit from the strength of Reading’s Archaeology Department, which is a top-ranking department in the UK.

How to apply:
Candidates must complete both an application form for admission to a Postgraduate Degree at the University of Reading and a separate application form for the studentship.
Details of how to submit an application for admission can be found at:
The application form for the Classics studentship can be found at:

Closing Date: Friday 22 June 2012
Informal enquiries about this studentship may be made to Dr Amy Smith, Curator of the Ure Museum at, or Prof. Peter Kruschwitz, Head of Department, at

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