The Byzness

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The Byzness, 2 December 2012
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The Seventh Century: Continuity or Discontinuity?
The 2013 Edinburgh University Seventh Century Colloquium

28 – 29 May 2013

The colloquium is a two-day interdisciplinary conference for
postgraduate students and early career researchers.  The colloquium
brings together scholars from different disciplines studying the seventh
century in order to promote discussion and the cross-fertilisation of
ideas.  We will explore how wider perspectives can be used to formulate
new approaches to source material, drawing out fresh perspectives on
both the familiar and unfamiliar.

Our general theme will be an examination of whether the seventh century
can be studied as a unit across regions or whether the period represents
a break in the /longue durée/.  What was the level of discontinuity
between the ‘long sixth’ and ‘long eighth’ centuries?

We invite those working in archaeology, art history, history,
literature, numismatics, and religion, as well as in fields including
Byzantine, Celtic, Classics, Islamic, and Late Antique studies to submit
abstracts for papers of approximately 15 to 20 minutes that engage with
all aspects of the long seventh century.

Possible topics for papers might include, but are by no means limited to:

* The seventh century ‘world crisis’ and its ramifications
* The development of new economic relations in the North Sea
*   The Christianisation of western Europe
* The Transformation of the Byzantine Empire
* The Emergence of Islam
* The transformation of ancient cities to those of the Middle Ages
* Historiography of the seventh century

Additionally, poster presentations will be considered.

Our organisational structure is designed to encourage collaboration and
cross-fertilisation of ideas; we will have no parallel sessions as we
believe that everything will be useful to all of us.  To build
collaboration, we will be adopting an innovative structure for the
conference.  The sessions will be structured as follows:

* Prior to the colloquium, each speaker will be paired with a
respondent with experience of either working on similar issues as
the speaker, or using similar research methodologies
* The respondent will have read a written version of the speaker’s
paper in advance and will have prepared a detailed response prior to
the colloquium.
* After the delivery of the paper, the respondent will give a response
before opening the floor to general discussion.

We hope that such methods will not only inspire genuine collaboration
between the two scholars involved but will encourage a wider and
livelier debate and discussion.  Similarly, we hope that all involved
will feel encouraged to debate, discuss, and occasionally disagree.  We
believe that through such methods all of us will advance as scholars.

Please send abstracts of no more than 300 words to the organising
committee at

The deadline for submission is 15 January 2013.  Early submissions are

Persons interested in attending and serving as respondents only are also
encouraged to contact us.

Visit our blog at for updates.


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“Written Voices: The Spoken Word in Byzantine Painting” Lecture by Dr. Nancy Patterson Ševčenko
Thursday, December 6, 2012 at 4:00 p.m.

All are welcome to the lecture and the wine reception to follow

The lecture will be held in the Reading Room of the Archbishop Iakovos Library & Learning Resource Center at Hellenic College and Holy Cross,

Greek Orthodox School of Theology located at 50 Goddard Avenue, Brookline, MA, 02445

For more information, please contact the Director of the MJCBAC, Dr. Maria Kouroumali,
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Doctoral Study in Munich
20 places availiable at the LMU, application deadline 6th January.
For full details see here.



Deadline: January 15, 2013

The Frantz Fellowship is awarded to scholars whose fields of study are represented by the Gennadius Library in Athens, i.e. Late Antiquity, Byzantine Studies, post-Byzantine Studies, or Modern Greek Studies.
Eligibility: Ph.D. candidates and recent Ph.D.’s from a U.S. or Canadian institution. Successful candidates should demonstrate their need to work in the Gennadius Library.
Duration: Commensurate with the School’s academic year from early September 2013 to June 1, 2014.
Terms: A stipend of $11,500 plus room, board and waiver of School fees. Fellows are expected to be in residence at the School for the full term of the Fellowship. A final report is due at the end of the award period, and the ASCSA expects that copies of all publications that result from research conducted as a Fellow of the ASCSA be contributed to the Gennadius Library of the School.
Application: Submit application for Associate Membership, curriculum vitae, description of the proposed project, and two letters of reference online on the ASCSA web site at
The award will be announced by March 15, 2013.


Humanities Initiative Fellowships at CEU/CEU IAS

Deadline for application: January 15, 2013
The Central European University (CEU) seeks to develop its teaching and research profile in the area of the Humanities. To this end, CEU and the CEU Institute for Advanced Study (CEU IAS) announce a call for applications for its Humanities Initiative Fellowship, a joint research/ teaching program for the academic year 2013/14. Humanities Initiative Fellows are expected to spend the 10-month academic year in Budapest. They are expected to work on their own research project as junior fellows at the Institute for Advanced Study in two of the semesters and teach 4 credits worth of courses at the university in one semester (preferably Fall, but may be in the Winter). All through the year we hope fellows will find creative ways in which themes in the humanities may be introduced at the CEU, they will cooperate with existing programs and develop research and teaching opportunities with CEU and CEU IAS colleagues.

Full details available at this link:


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