The Byzness

The Byzness, 15 July 2012

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List of Editions and Translations in Progress

The June 2012 list is available to download, courtesy of Dr Alessandra Bucossi of KCL.
Please let her know if you have corrections, suggestions, additions at


Modern Language Translations of Byzantine Sources

There is now a database hosted by Princeton University Library of Modern Language Translations of Byzantine Sources, which can be searched by keyword or browsed by means of pull-down menus.  The database includes more than 1500 titles but remains a work in progress; please feel free to contact directly with additions, suggestions or corrections.


New Resource for Syriac Studies from Dumbarton Oaks
This new resource can be found at:
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The Danubian Lands between the Black, Aegean and Adriatic Seas (7th Century BC-10th Century AD)
(Belgrade – 17-21 September 2013)

The International and National Organising Committees of the 5th International Congress on Black Sea Antiquities extend an invitation to all interested scholars to participate in the forthcoming Congress, either by contributing a paper or by attending as a discussant in the proceedings. The official languages of the Congress are English, French and German.

The Congress is composed provisionally of four working sessions (see below), beginning on September 17th, 2013 (participants to arrive on September 16th). Once we have all proposals in hand, we may revise the format slightly to account for numbers and balance.

Since there will be no parallel sessions, the number of oral presentations will be limited to 8-10 papers (each of 15 minutes’ duration) per session. This means that not all submissions will be accepted for oral presentation but, to allow maximum participation, we are planning large poster sessions parallel to the oral proceedings, and scholars are strongly encouraged to offer their papers as posters. The sessions have broad titles in order to encourage the submission of papers presenting current approaches and trends in scholarship. The main criteria for the selection of contributions will be originality and quality of research. Results from recent or current projects, innovation in methodology, and the exploration of lesser-known areas will be given a high priority. We wish to cover as large a geographical and chronological range as possible. We reserve the right to assign any accepted paper to a poster session. Participants will be notified well in advance of the Congress date. A Congress web-site will be set up in due course, with details given in the Second Circular.

Abstracts no longer than 300 words should be submitted by 30 November 2012 at the latest (this deadline is strict). No submission without an abstract will be given consideration. All accepted abstracts will be made available in print during the Congress and on a web-site before the Congress.

For more information please download the full announcement here.

Byzantine Hagiography – Texts, Themes and Projects

Moscow 12-14th November 2012
Eco-Critical Approaches to Medieval Art: East and West

ICMA Panel @ 48th International Congress on Medieval Studies
May 9-12, 2013 at Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI

How did the use of natural materials affect the meaning of medieval works of art? How did the act of representing nature construct the concept of the natural?  What do medieval works of art reveal about the interaction of natural forces and human agents? Ecocriticism explores conceptualizations of nature, both in its material presence and in its abstract representations.  It invites a study of medieval art with a keen interest in the “stuff” of nature used in the fabrication of art (wood, stone, glass, vellum, and ivory) as well as in the “image” of nature produced by visual representations (in the form of landscapes, gardens, animals, stones, trees, flowers, the human body, the cosmos).  Personified as the “Child of God and Mother of things” by Alain of Lille, Nature transmitted a divine agency into the material world. In Christian Materiality, Caroline Walker Bynum argues for devotional objects as “disclosures of the sacred through material substance.”  How can we investigate medieval art objects at their point of intersection with natural matter and human experience?

This panel seeks to reassert and explore the agency of natural matter upon its human “interactors” through both devotional and secular works of art. We invite papers that explore the materiality of works of art as it relates to the natural world, that analyze the representation of nature as it conceptualizes nature, and/or that localize works of art within cultural constructions of the natural.  Beyond being curious about the ability of works of art to “reflect” attitudes to nature, this panel is keen to ask how works of art in the European, Byzantine and Islamic Middle Ages shaped conceptions of the natural, made nature present within a devotional context, and evoked the divine agency of nature through its materiality.

Please send paper proposals consisting of a one-page abstract and a complete Participation Information Form (available on the Congress website *) by September 15 to either one of the organizers:

Anne Harris:

Nancy Sevcenko:

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Sign and Design – Script as Image in a Cross Cultural Perspective (300-1600 CE)
October 12-14, Dumbarton Oaks 2012 Symposium, Washington, D.C.

Dumbarton Oaks is pleased to announce a symposium, to be held in the Music Room of Dumbarton Oaks in Washington, D.C., on Friday, October 12th, Saturday, October 13th, and Sunday, October 14th, 2012. Please note that the symposium will be two and a half days: sessions will begin at 9 am on Friday, and conclude Sunday afternoon.

In the Middle Ages and beyond, legal, documentary, exegetical, literary and linguistic traditions have organized the relationship between image and letter in diverse ways, whether in terms of equivalency, complementarity or polarity. In this symposium, we wish to explore those situations in which letter and image were fused, forming hybrid signs that had no vocal equivalent and were not necessarily bound to any specific language.  Although imagistic scripts work on the visible, arranging representation, they challenge the legible in terms of linguistic signification. The incorporation of figures, objects, colors, even events, within the letter insists on the material dimension of the sign. As the iconicity of the letter transforms reading into gazing, the script-like character of the image compels consideration of the co-signification of sign forms. In mediating each other into altered formats, the script-image disrupts a-priori models and ideas and thus redefines both text and image in terms of their signifying and representational processes. The disruptive effect of imagistic script inheres in a suspension of meaning that opens the system of representation and signification in which it was produced and circulated.

During the three-day conference, we propose to bring together scholars of Hebrew, Greek, Latin, Arabic and Pre-Columbian cultures from numerous disciplines – art history, history, literature, religion, linguistics, and law – to consider the purpose, operations, agency and specular forms of iconic scripts. What sort of communication did they facilitate? Did they imply reception by the inner eye? In prompting recognition of the aesthetic dimension of texts, did they open governance, law, literature, diplomatics, and theology to sensorial appreciation? Did they enforce a latent principle of non-representability? Does their use imply what might be called an iconomy, a practice of policing images?

Space for this event is limited, and registration will be handled on a first come, first served basis. For further information, including preliminary abstracts, please visit the website or contact Francisco López (


Accessing heritage research collections through digitization: models and use
Tuesday 30 October, 1000-1700. British Library Conference Centre, London

Digitization initiatives around heritage library materials are now underway across Europe. They range from single libraries working with commercial content providers, through to national, Europe-wide and even global programmes.
At this one-day conference, we will hear from those involved in the creation of these products and services, and about issues such as funding, licensing models, content selection, product design, and sustainability. We will also hear about the experiences of researchers and educators who use these digital resources in their work.
The day will conclude with a panel discussion where researchers will share their experiences of working with digitized research collections, and the impact that content selection, licensing and product design have had on their work. Attendance is free, but please register by email with your name and any institutional affiliation at:

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Research and study award in memory of Nikolaos m. Panagiotakis (1935-1997) – 5th edition
Ca’Foscari University of Venice

The papers to be submitted to the Scientific Committee must be in one or more of the following research areas: Byzantine and post-Byzantine language, literature and history; Byzantine and humanistic philology; archival documents dealing with modern and medieval Greek history; literature in Demotic Greek; the literature and culture of Crete under Venetian rule; historical, literary-historical and cultural relationships between the Greek East and the Western World in the modern and medieval eras; scholars of the Greek diaspora; relationships between Venice and Greece.

The works submitted must be original, written by individual researchers and still unpublished at the competition deadline (31 July 2012). Papers have to be written in one of the following languages: Italian, Greek, English, French, and must not be longer than 30 standard typographical sheets. They must be sent no later than 31 July 2012 by email, as a .pdf attachment, to the following address:
The applicant must also attach a page with his/her postal address, email address, and a statement to the effect that he/she was under 40 years of age on the afore- mentioned deadline.
The award amounts to 1500 euro.
The award ceremony will be held in Crete during the Neograeca Medii Aevi conference in early November 2012. All entrants will be sent the name of the winner by email after October 2012. On publication of the winning work, its author will add the note: Premio N. M. Panagiotakis 2012.
If the publication of the paper is not yet underway, the Committee will promote it for publication in some international journal or review.


Collaborative Research Centre 980 “Episteme in Motion. Transfer of Knowledge from the Ancient World to the Early Modern Period”

Research Associate (doctoral candidate) E 13 TV-L FU


Fixed term contract ending on 30th September 2016

Job description:

The project: ‘Objects in Transfer. Museographical Concepts for the Display of Transfer Processes between the Near East and Europe’ is run in cooperation with the Museum of Islamic Art Berlin. Focusing on objects from the museum collection, the project investigates their agency in processes of transcultural knowledge-transfer and aims to develop concepts for the presentation of trans-cultural relations to the general public. The project thereby contributes to transgressing the historiographical isolation of Islamicate visual cultures.

The post combines academic research on specific objects from the collection of the Museum of Islamic Art with developing concepts for museum display and education. The appointee will be expected to contribute to the project, its publications and events in content, conception and organisation.


higher education to level of MA, or equivalent


We are looking for a candidate interested in combining academic research with its transmission to the general public; a degree and a project for doctoral research with a focus on Islamic art history, preferably relating to issues of transfer; good knowledge of languages relevant to the doctoral project (German is not an initial requirement); an interest in transcultural research and methods, as well as in methodological and practical issues of museum education.

Applications should contain a letter of motivation; doctoral research proposal (3-5 pages); one writing sample (for ex.: publication, final dissertation, or essay); CV with copies of diplomas; names and contact details of two referees.

To apply, please send your application until

August 6th, 2012 to

Freie Universität Berlin Kunsthistorisches Institut Frau Dr. Vera Beyer Koserstr. 20 14195 Berlin (Dahlem)

Please indicate job-reference SFB980/2012/T01/Doc.


Fellowships offered by the French School Of Athens for the year 2013

Application form should be sent to the French School until October the 15th, 2012

All useful information concerning these fellowships is also available at the website of the School:

We would be grateful if you could ensure the largest publicity to this fellowship program among your students, your University or your Research Center.

We are thanking you in advance for your help in this matter.



Arthur Muller

Directeur des études, Antiquité et Byzance

Maria Couroucli

Directeur des études, époques moderne et contemporaine



THE COLUMBIA SOCIETY OF FELLOWS IN THE HUMANITIES, with grants from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the William R. Kenan Trust, will appoint a number of postdoctoral fellows in the humanities for the academic year 2013-2014.  We invite applications from qualified candidates who have received the PhD between 1 January 2011 and 1 July 2013.

Fellows are appointed as Lecturers in appropriate departments at Columbia University and as postdoctoral research fellows. The Fellowship is renewable for a second and third year. In the first year, Fellows teach one course per semester: at least one of these courses will be in the undergraduate general education program of the University. In years two and three, Fellows teach one course per year. In addition to teaching and research, the duties of Fellows include attendance at the Society’s lectures and events as well as active participation in the intellectual life of the Society and of the department with which the Fellow is affiliated.

The annual stipend will be $60,000. Each Fellow will also receive a research allowance of $5,000 per annum.

Our ONLINE APPLICATION FORM can be accessed at

The DEADLINE for receipt of completed applications is 1 October 2012.

Columbia University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

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