The Byzness

The Byzness, June 10th, 2012


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Call for Applications Caucasus and Byzantium PRE-DOCTORAL PROGRAM
Deadline: 30 June 2012

The CEMS is very happy to announce that it invites applications for its pre-doctoral program for the academic year 2012/13 in the framework of the project “The Southern Caucasus and its Neighbours, c.300–1600: a teaching manual.” The program targets young international researchers/academics working in the fields of humanities and social studies with a focus on the above mentioned historical time frame.
Proven ability to teach medieval Armenian or Georgian (as a foreign language) is a must. Preference is given to doctoral students enrolled at universities or institutes in the Caucasus region, but not only. Working language: English. A good command of English is a requirement of participating in the project.

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VISIONS OF BYZANTIUM: A collaboration of the Getty Fundation, the Council of American Overseas Research Centers, the American Research Institute in Turkey, and the Suna and İnan Kıraç Foundation Istanbul Research Institute.
Tuesday, 12 June 2012, 09:45 – 16:45 (Pera Museum auditorium)

09:45 – 11:15 SESSION ONE
Anthony Greenwood (ARIT-Istanbul)
Robert Ousterhout (University of Pennsylvania)
Robert Nelson (Yale University)
“Ritual images in the city of Constantinople”
Paul Magdalino (Koç University):
“Beauty before age: visualising antiquity in medieval Constantinople”

11:45- 13:30 SESSION TWO
Ivana Jevtic (Koç University)
“‘Being inside a book?’ Some thoughts about narrative expression in Palaiologan
monumental painting”
Anestis Vasilakeres (Bogaziçi University)
“Images quoting images, or the model’s part in Byzantine intervisuality”
Tolga Uyar (University of Paris I):
“Byzance après Byzance: Painters and Artistic Workshops in 13th-century Cappadocia”

13:30-15:00 LUNCH BREAK

15:00-16:45 SESSION THREE
Engin Akyürek (Istanbul University):
“Visualizing Salvation: Byzantine Art in a Funerary Context”
Scott Redford (Koç University, RCAC)
“Signs & symbols of power in medieval Byzantium and its neighbors”
Robert Ousterhout (University of Pennsylvania):
“From textbook to ekphrasis: Ways of seeing Byzantine architecture”


Symposium “Before and after the fall of Constantinople”
National Library of Serbia, June 15-16 2012

A poster, containing the schedule, is available for you to download.


A book of Psalms from eleventh-century Constantinople: on the complex of texts and images in Vat. gr. 752.
11-12 June 2012, Swedish Institute at Rome, Via Omero, 14

The  Ars edendi Programme at the University of Stockholm is funding a project on MS Vaticanus graecus 752 as part of its brief of furthering both practical and theoretical research in the field of medieval textual scholarship. This workshop is dedicated to bringing together an international group of scholars to discuss the manuscript from a multi-disciplinary perspective as a first step in the planning and development of a web-based model for its integral edition. Further details and schedule are available to download.

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International Winter School: The Greeks in Egypt – From Alexandria to the Fayum
4 – 12 November 2012 German Archaeological Institute, Cairo, Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Alexandria, University of Alexandria
The deadline for the submission of final applications is the end of June, 2012. Successful applicants will be informed by the middle of July, 2012.

This Winter School, held in Alexandria and the Fayum Oasis, will provide an introduction to the study of Greek culture in Egypt relating to the archaeological, literary, and papyrological evidence from the Ptolemaic and Roman periods. Classes will be taught on the art of the Greeks in Alexandria, on science in its theoretical and practical aspects, and on literature; the focus will be on the particular situation in which Egyptian  and Greek cultures met, and their impact on each other. In Alexandria we will visit the splendid sites and collections of art of the Ptolemaic and Roman periods; moving to the Fayum, we will try to find out what of the “Greek culture in Alexandria” found its way into the oasis. Papers will illuminate the textual evidence from the ancient villages, in particular finds of literary texts in the Egyptian/Greek villages of the Fayum. Sites will be visited to create an overall picture of what can be known from the texts as well as from the exacavations.

Advanced Students and post-docs of Greek Papyrology are invited to participate; students of Classical Archaeology are welcome, as long as they have a good command of ancient Greek. Each student is expected to contribute to the programme with a 30 minutes paper on a subject to be decided according to the special skills of the student. The School is free, but participants are expected to cover their travel expenses to and from Cairo. The number of places is restricted to 14. Classes will be taught in English. A solid knowledge of the Ancient Greek and English languages will be required.

Arrival day is November 4, departure day December 12, evening.
Applications should contain
1. Curriculum Vitae
2. two references from teachers, who should also
comment on the applicant’s Greek and English language-skills.

Please send applications to:
Prof. Dr. Cornelia Römer
German Archaeological Institute
31, Sh. Abu El-Feda
Cairo, Zamalek
or by e-mail to

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