The Byzness

Dear All,

I hope this finds you all very well and that your summer continues to be productive and/or restful. As well as the usual notices below, I can announce that the theme for this years Graduate Conference will be ‘Landscapes of Power’, and the dates will be the 22nd and 23rd of February. Naturally the full details and the official call for papers will emerge at it’s usual time, but I thought I would let you all know now so you can get thinking as to paper titles. I can also let you know that we are looking into the viability fo publication as well as generally increasing the profile of the conference, so this should again be the best conference yet. As a start to this we have updated the society logo to something a bit bolder, which you can see below.

Best wishes as ever from me and the committee, and I hope you’re looking forward to exciting times next year,


President, Oxford University Byzantine Society

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The Byzness, 12 August 2012

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Lower Reading Room Update

This message has recently been sent out regarding the proposed changes, as you can see it’s good news so thank you everyone who emailed:

Dear All,
The Bodleian has now agreed to restore by October the greater part of the space for periodicals that had been lost to us. (It will do this by using the space opposite the Lower Room Reserve.) It is also looking into ways of restoring the rest of the lost space to us after October. A circular requesting views on priorities for periodicals etc. will be sent round before long.
The Bodleian will change the arrangement of the shelves which has taken basic texts and commentaries to the top of bookcases. Plans to move the Lower Reserve and to create a conversation area have now been abandoned; there will be no self-service Reserve.
Warmest thanks to all those who wrote messages, and helped to achieve this very promising result.
 Best wishes,
 Stephen Heyworth
Gregory Hutchinson
Georgy Kantor

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Dictionary of Byzantine Authors Project

Michael Grünbart and Alexander Riehle are preparing a dictionary of Byzantine authors (covering the period from around 300 to 1500) and are now inviting specialists to contribute entries. The language of the dictionary is German, but we do accept entries written in English. For a description of the project and a list of still available authors please go to The deadline for the submission of contributions is December 1, 2012. Please contact him at:


Rewriting History in the Central Middle Ages: Leeds IMC 2013

7 August 2012

As was mentioned on the last Byzness, Chris Lewis from Kings College and Emily Winkler from Oxford are looking specifically for Byzantine contributions for their thematic strand on History Writing at next years Leeds. You can find their full call for papers at:

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Lincoln College Summer School of Greek Palaeography
This year it will be accompanied by a series of lectures held at the Ioannou Centre and open to all interested members of the University:
*Monday 13 August
17:00-18:00 Editing Classical Texts (Nigel Wilson)
18:30-19:30 Byzantine Manuscript Illumination (Maja Kominko)
*Tuesday 14 August
17:00-18:00 Editing Byzantine Poetry (Marc Lauxtermann)
18:30-19:30 Editing Byzantine Prose (Elizabeth Jeffreys)
*Wednesday 15 August
17:00-18:00 Editing Vernacular Texts (Marjolijne Janssen)
18:30-19:30 Greek Liturgical Manuscripts (Alexander Lingas)
*Thursday 16 August
17:00-18:00 Editing Patristic Texts (Ilse De Vos)
18:30-19:30 Early Printing in Greek (Michael Jeffreys)
*Friday 17 August
17:00-18:00 The Care and Conservation of Greek Manuscripts (Andrew Honey)
18:30-19:30 Cataloguing Greek Manuscripts (Nigel Wilson)

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