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Istanbul Patriarchate Purchases “World’s Third Oldest Church”

Full details on the Byzantine Blog here.


Opening of the exhibition ‘The Art of Bookbinding: From Byzantium to Contemporary Artistic Creation’, Byzantine and Christian Museum, Athens

On Wednesday, 19 September 2012 at 8 p.m. the Byzantine and Christian Museum will inaugurate this exhibition. It will feature excellent specimens of Byzantine and post-Byzantine bookbinding. Dating from the 11th to the 19th century, the specimens have been drawn from the Museum’s collection of manuscripts and incunabula and from the Greek Library of the Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation.

Through codices and printed books the exhibition highlights, particularly with the help of audiovisual matter, the evolution of the art of bookbinding from the early Christian period to the present. Bookbinding is thus shown to be a source for the history, politics, economy, and artistic trends of every era.
In exploring current readings of the tradition of the book as an art form, the exhibition has included contemporary artistic creations. Dimitris Xonoglou’s installation approaches the book as an object of figurative use.  Venia Dimitrakopoulou’s creations are inspired by the Japanese tradition of bookbinding. The six collector’s copies of the book Cassia he Hymnographer are each illustrated by an artist—Markos Kampanis, Christos Markidis, Christos Bokoros, Kostas Papatriantafyllopoulos, Fotini Stefanidou, and Panos Fidakis.

The exhibition will held in the recently renovated exhibition area in the Mansion of the Duchess of Plaissance and will run from 19 September 2012 through 13 January 2013.

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BSANA Sponsored Sessions for Kalamazoo 2013

The BSANA is sponsoring two paper sessions at the International
Medieval Congress in Kalamazoo, MI from May 9-12, 2013:

I. Ritual, History, and Identity: Social Dimensions of Byzantine Liturgy;
II. The Language of Reform in Eleventh- and Twelfth-Century
Monasticism: East and West

Proposals should be sent to:

Greg Peters
Biola University
13800 Biola Ave.
La Mirada, CA 90638
Phone: 562-944-0351 x3262
Fax: 562-906-4589

The paper proposal deadline was September 15 but proposals will be
considered if submitted to the organizer by September 26. Paper
proposal procedures (including necessary forms) can be found at


2013 Annual Meeting for the Society for Military History: “War, Society and Remembrance”

March 14–16, 2013
New Orleans, Louisiana

Full Call for Papers can be found at:

At OUBS we are specifically passing on a specific call for papers for a panel on Siege Warfare in the Latin East:

In the course of almost two centuries of conflict between Crusaders and Muslim polities in the Levant, the number of major battles remains limited. Casting the dice and determining the fate of nations on the field of battle was always a risky proposition, and ended in disaster for crusaders more often than not. Much more successful were raids and sieges, where lightning speed or careful planning allowed for enemies to be by-passed, surrounded, controlled. This panel will examine the use of siege warfare in the Levant during the Crusade period in its totality, both looking at the technology and tactics of standard sieges, but also expanding to look at the use of diplomacy in isolating opponents during a siege, the role of naval technology, etc. Innovative approaches to siege warfare in the Latin East, or bringing in a non-Crusader viewpoint (Islamic, Byzantine, Armenians, etc.) are especially welcome.

Any interested please contact


Manuscripts of the Mamluk Sultanate and Its Contemporaries

2-4 September 2013, Magdalene College, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom

­The Association invites the submission of abstracts on topics related to the study of Islamic manuscripts, particularly codicology, and the care and management of Islamic manuscript collections. Preference will be shown to submissions pertaining to the Conference’s theme: Manuscripts of the Mamluk Sultanate and Its Contemporaries.

­The Conference seeks to explore the full range of manuscript production that occurred from the thirteenth to sixteenth centuries CE: from books produced under royal patronage, such as the Mamluk and Ilkhanid Qur’an manuscripts that are almost unmatched for splendour, opulence, and size in the history of the Islamic arts of the book, to simpler, less lavish manuscripts that are no less essential to increasing our understanding of Islamic codicology and palaeography.

­The Conference will be organised around the Association’s four key working areas: cataloguing, conservation, digitisation, and research and publishing; and papers falling into these broad categories will be included in the relevant panel. ­The Association will also consider submissions on topics that do not fall directly under the purviews of these areas but are yet concerned with scholarship on Islamic manuscripts or the care and management of Islamic manuscript collections.

­This invitation is open to members and non-members of the Association. ­The languages of the Conference will be Arabic and English, and submissions will be accepted in both languages. Th­e deadline for submissions is 0900 GMT on Monday, 22 October 2012. Late submissions will not be considered. ­The duration of each conference paper is 30 minutes inclusive of 10 minutes of questions and answers. Please note that preference will be given to speakers who have not presented papers at the Association’s previous conferences. All authors’ research and analysis should be su‑fficiently advanced that they can include concrete findings in their abstracts.

­The Association will pay for round-trip economy class travel to Cambridge, accommodation in Magdalene College, and College-based meals for authors whose papers are accepted. Please send an abstract of 250 words, a 250 word biographical statement, and a cover sheet, available at, to the Association’s executive committee at the following email, fax, or postal address:

­The Islamic Manuscript Association Ltd
c/o 33 Trumpington Street
Cambridge CB2 1QY
United Kingdom
Fax: +44 1223 302 218

­The Association’s selection committee will inform applicants of its decision by mid – November.

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“Taking Archaeology Digital” Conference

University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA
October 25-27, 2012

Complete information about the conference, including the schedule, registration and lodging information, can be found at the conference website:


Byzantine Studies Conference 2012 Last Call

A reminder that online registration for the Byzantine Studies Conference 2012 will remain open until October 15, 2012.

After that date, we will be accepting requests for registration only (we will be unable to accommodate requests for meals or free transportation)

Please visit the special BSC 2012 site for registration and details of accommodation and travel.
We advise you to book your hotel rooms promptly as availability is limited.

We look forward to seeing you all in Boston and at HCHC in early November!

On behalf of the BSC 2012 Local Arrangements Committee

Maria Kouroumali (

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Dumbarton Oaks Fellowships 2012-14

Application Deadline: November 1st 2012

Full details to be found here.



Deadline: January 15, 2013


Graduate and advanced undergraduate students enrolled at North American academic institutions (or academic institutions accredited in North America) engaged in research on ancient, medieval, or modern Bulgaria or the Balkan peninsula, in any field of the humanities and social sciences.


The fellowships are of 9-month (September-May) or 3-month (September-November or February-April) duration. In addition to independent research, Fellows will participate in ARCS academic program which includes a series of lectures, seminars, and excursions designed to provide a broad thematic vision of Bulgarian and Balkan history and culture from prehistory to present.


Fellows receive a monthly cash stipend ($600/month), housing in Bulgaria, language instruction, travel expenses within the academic program, and up to $1,000 for travel expenses between North America and Bulgaria. Up to 10 fellowships are awarded. Every year there are some applicants who were accepted in the program with only partial fellowship or without fellowship. We strongly encourage you to inquire in timely manner about possibilities for funding from your home institution as well and to indicate this in your application.


An application consists of the application form (available at; a project proposal describing how participation in the ARCS academic program will serve your research interests (not to exceed five double-spaced pages); a current CV; academic transcripts; and two letters of reference from scholars familiar with your work. For full consideration, these materials must be submitted by email to ARCS Fellowship Committee at . ARCS expects to notify applicants of the decision of the Fellowship Committee by March 1, 2013.

Please direct any questions about ARCS academic programs, fellowships, or application procedures to Professor Eric De Sena (, Director of ARCS or Dr. Emil Nankov (, Archaeology Program Officer of ARCS.

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