The Byzness

The Byzness, 3 June 2012


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Centre d’Histoire et de Civilisation de Byzance

The “Centre d’Histoire et de Civilisation de Byzance” (Paris) has a new website, with contains a “news” page aiming to offer up-to-date information on the Centre and the discipline in general.



Il premio, istituito nel 2001, grazie al supporto dei Ministeri degli Affari Esteri e della Cultura di Grecia, dell’Istruzione e della Cultura della Repubblica Cipriota, del Dipartimento di Scienze dell’Antichità e del Vicino Oriente dell’Università Ca’ Foscari e della Fondazione di Venezia (tramite l’Associazione Italia-Grecia di Venezia), è riservato a studiosi di età massima 40 anni. Attualmente il Premio è sostenuto finanziariamente dai fondi per la promozione della Lingua e letteratura neogreca presso il Dipartimento di Studi Umanistici dell’Università Ca’ Foscari di Venezia.

I lavori da sottoporre alla Commissione scientifica devono essere attinenti ai seguenti campi di ricerca: lingua, letteratura e storia bizantina e post-bizantina; filologia bizantina e umanistica; documenti d’archivio relativi alla storia greca medievale e moderna; produzione letteraria in greco volgare; letteratura e cultura cretese durante il dominio veneziano; rapporti storici, storico-letterari e culturali fra Oriente greco ed Occidente in età medievale e moderna; dotti greci della diaspora; Venezia e i Greci.

I contributi devono essere originali, individuali e non pubblicati alla data di
scadenza del bando (31.7.2012). I contributi (in italiano, greco, inglese, francese), fino ad un’estensione massima di 30 cartelle, devono essere inviati sia in forma elettronica, in allegato pdf, entro il 31 luglio 2012 al seguente indirizzo:

Il candidato deve allegare una scheda con il proprio recapito postale, l’indirizzo di posta elettronica, e la dichiarazione relativa a non aver compiuto 40 anni alla data di scadenza del bando.

Il premio ammonta a 1500 euro.

For more information please follow this link.

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International conference “Byzantine Authorship: Theories and Practices”
Durham, College of St. Hild and St. Bede, from the 23rd to the 25th of July 2012

This international conference aims to bring together scholars working on Byzantine literature from many different angles in order to investigate explicit theories and actual practices of authorship in the Middle Byzantine period. The papers will explore the construction of new literary identities in a period characterised by significant social changes. The aim is to understand how a culture obsessed with tradition faced and conceptualised its own ideological shifts. Speakers will look at the ‘implicit poetics’ embedded in texts describing the production and consumption of literary works. It is hoped that the conference will provide a fresh look on the dynamics of cultural production in Middle Byzantine society.

Luisa Andriollo (Université Paris IV – Sorbonne); Floris Bernard (Ghent University); Emmanuel C. Bourbouhakis (Princeton University); Eric Cullhed (Uppsala University); Barbara Graziosi (Durham University); Ulrike Kenens (Leuven University); Derek Krueger (University of North Carolina Greensboro); Przemyslaw Marciniak (University of Silesia); Margaret Mullett (Dumbarton Oaks); Leonora Neville (University of Wisconsin – Madison); Ingela Nilsson (Uppsala University); Stratis Papaioannou (Brown University); Aglae Pizzone (Durham University); Alexander Riehle (University of Vienna); Foteini Spingou (University of Oxford); Raimondo Tocci (Democritus University of Thrace); Ida Toth (University of Oxford).

Deadline for registration is the 5th of July. Registration form, schedule as well as the full programme, complete with paper abstracts, can be found on the conference website: For any further query please contact dr. Aglae Pizzone (


Late Antiquity and Early Islam: Continuity and Change in the Mediterranean 6th-10th century C.E: Third Roundtable: Legitimacy and legitimization of political authority 6th-10th century
Paris 10th through 12th September 2012

The third and last meeting of the « Late Antiquity and Early Islam: Continuity and Change in the Mediterranean 6th-10th century C.E » project, to be held in Paris from the 10th to the 12th of September 2012, will look into « Legitimacy and legitimization of political authority 6th-10th century ». The characteristics of political legitimization and legitimacy in different political systems are a major theme of investigation. What were the instruments of political legitimization and the terminology of political legitimacy? How was political authority itself thought and presented, as well as the means for submitting to it or serving it? These interrogations require to question, and perhaps renew our categories of analysis as much as they demand a better evaluation of the role social sciences could play in this analysis.

It is generally admitted that ancient societies granted an important role to religion in the process of political legitimization, such a conception is increasingly revised but it raises some interrogations: is monotheism still specific in any way from that point of view? What about the relations between men of religion and the sphere of politics, and the structuration of these two fields of competence? If the construction of political legitimacy has been especially tackled in order to investigate the emergence of what appeared as a new political authority, such as the Islamic caliphate, one can also investigate the period before the coming of Islam. Can we call into question the definition of late-antique political authorities in the light of the 7th century events? Did their evolution favor the birth of new ones? Is the birth of Islam the cause and consequence of major changes from that point of view? Do continuities predominate or are existing elements reinterpreted? What about discontinuities? Beyond this initial period, how does the continuous process of legitimization evolve and how does the Islamic empire develop in this respect?

A large number of sources allow us to address these themes (texts, numismatics, seals, palatial spaces, representations or symbols of authority…), each one opening to specific methodological interrogations. Scales of investigations are also diverse, from central authority to provincial or even local ones. This last point opens to the question of dynamics between political centrality and regions considered as remote or marginal.

Travel and accomodation expenses will be paid for. Please contact Professor Robert Hoyland ( if you are interested in attending.

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Post in Greek Palaeography at the Ionian University

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