The Byzness

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OXFORD UNIVERSITY BYZANTINE SOCIETY
The Byzness, 11 November 2012
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1. NEWS
2. CALL FOR PAPERS
3. EVENTS
4. OPPORTUNITIES

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1. NEWS

New Byzantine Society at Birmingham and their list of Seminars
Labs programme alumnus Annika Talwar has been instrumental in setting up a similar organisation to us at the University of Birmingham. Please find details for the seminar programme of the Birmingham Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies at: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/schools/iaa/departments/bomgs/research/seminars/index.aspx

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2. CALL FOR PAPERS

6th MILITARY ORDER CONFERENCE
Clerkenwell 5th – 8th September 2013

The London Centre for the Study of the Crusades, the Military Religious Orders and the Latin East is pleased to announce a Call for Papers for the 6th International Conference to be held at Clerkenwell, London.

Full details of how to register and submit a proposed communication are to be found here. Please note that both forms should be returned to the Chair of the Organizing Committee, Mr Michael Heslop, by 15th December 2012.
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3. EVENTS

Workshop and Exhibition: Waters for a Capital
The Water Supply systems of Byzantine Istanbul/Constantinople: New Approaches and Methodologies
Workshop: Saturday 10 November 2012; Exhibition: 9 November-18 February
The Invitation to the exhibition is to be found here.
The Programme of Workshop speakers is to be found here. [+]

The Empire of Things. Gifts and Gift Exchange: Late Antiquity, Byzantium, Early Islam and Beyond
Anthony Cutler will present the 2012 Kurt Weitzmann Lecture at Princeton University
Wednesday, November 14, 5:00 pm, in 101 McCormick Hall, Dumbarton Oaks with a reception to follow.
More details see here.

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Passion of Perpetua
Ertegun House (37a St Giles’) 5pm on Tuesday 20 November
Tom Heffernan (of the University of Tennessee)

The talk is being given as a prelude to the premiere of a dramatic cantata based on Perpetua’s story (on Thursday 22 November in Christ Church Cathedral).
Please note that space is limited and you need to register your intention to attend this event.Poster to be found here.

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Islam and Late Antiquity
Saturday 8 December 2012, 10.30am-6.00pm
Seminar Room (or auditorium, depending on numbers), Corpus Christi College

Organisers: Tim Whitmarsh and Sajjad Rizvi
This colloquium explores the controversial issues raised by Tom Holland’s book In the Shadow of the Sword. Can the history of early Islam be written in the same terms as that of late antiquity? What are the challenges that early Islam poses to a secular historiography?
Speakers (order to be confirmed):
Tom Holland, “Where angels fear to tread: writing a popular history of the origins of early Islam”
Averil Cameron, “‘Islam in late antiquity — why and wherefore”
Simon Swain, “Islamic economics – the ancient perspective”
Luke Treadwell, “The material evidence for the origins of Islam”
Robert Hoyland, “Arab conquests or Muslim conquests? The identity and composition of the seventh-century conquerors of the Middle East”
Walid Saleh, “The paltry gains of revisionism: or why isn’t Peter Brown buying it?”
Nicolai Sinai, “Was the Qur’an codified under ‘Abd al-Malik?”
Cost: £10 (includes coffee and tea), or £15 (with lunch). Please contact Tim Whitmarsh <tim.whitmarsh@ccc.ox.ac.uk>  to book your place.

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Nis and Byzantium XII – Constantine, In Hoc Signo Vinces 313-2013
InternationalConference from the 3rd to the 7th June in the city of Nis.
The application deadline is 1/5/2013 and the application form can be found at www.ni.rs/byzantium
More details can be found on this flyer.
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4. OPPORTUNITIES

Empires of Faith at the British Museum and Oxford
3 Post Docs and 5 Graduate Studentships, run by Oxford’s own Jas’ Elsner
Full information to be found at: http://www.britishmuseum.org/research/research_projects/all_current_projects/empires_of_faith.aspx

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Gennadius Library Fellowships 2013-14

There are a variety on offer at the Gennadius Library of the American School of Classical Studies in Athens, see here to see the list.

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2 Research Positions in Late Antique Christianity

Catholic University of Leuven (KU Leuven)

Funding has been granted for a research project on ‘From Chaos to Order – The Creation of the World. New Views on the Reception of Platonic Cosmogony in Later Greek Thought, Pagan and Christian’. The team will study various aspects of this reception history. The two colleagues of the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies are inviting applications for 2 research fellowships on, respectively, John Chrysostom’s Homilies in Genesim and Anastasius the Sinaite’s Commentary on Genesis.

Candidates will have obtained competence in Late Antique Christianity and/or Biblical Exegesis on an MA level. A very good command of Greek is indispensable, as is the ability to combine historical and exegetical methods in an interdisciplinary way. Proven experience in comparable research projects is a plus. We are especially inviting candidates with an MA in Theology or Religious Studies, but candidates with an MA degree in related disciplines (Ancient Philology, History of Ancient Philosophy, et al.) are also strongly invited to apply.

The successful candidate will be able to work in a team. S/he is expected to write a doctoral dissertation (PhD Religious Studies or Dr.Theol. – STD) on one of the 2 topics mentioned above. Candidates will be hired for four years. The starting date is negotiable, but should preferably be before July 1, 2013. Applicants should be fluent in at least one of the following international languages (English, French, German).

The net salary is approx. €1800/month; in addition the fellowship provides for basic social benefits and health insurance. Candidates may wish informally to contact (one of) the two directors of the sub-project for further information. Please write to either Prof. Dr. Johan Leemans (johan.leemans@theo.kuleuven.be) or Prof.  Dr. Joseph Verheyden (jos.verheyden@theo.kuleuven.be).

Applications should include the candidate’s CV, a personal letter with motivation statement, one writing sample (excerpt from MA dissertation, an essay or article), and two letters of recommendation. These should be sent to the following addresses:

Prof. Dr. Johan Leemans

Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies

St-Michielsstraat 4/3101

B-3000 Leuven

Belgium

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Prof. Dr. Joseph Verheyden

Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies

St-Michielsstraat 4/3101

B-3000 Leuven

Belgium

The deadline for submitting applications is January 15, 2013. All candidates will receive confirmation of their application and will be contacted after a decision has been made.

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LEVENTIS FOUNDATION AWARDS GRANT FOR MEDIEVAL GREEK SUMMER SESSION

The Gennadius Library of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens is very pleased to announce that the A.G. Leventis Foundation has generously awarded funding to underwrite the costs of the 2013 summer sessions focused on the teaching of Medieval Greek.For full details go to: http://www.ascsa.edu.gr/index.php/programs/Gennadius-Library-Medieval-Greek-Summer-Session/

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