The Byzness

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The Byzness, 13 January 2013
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Byzantine Chapel Discovered at Demre
Find the Article here:


Échos d’Orient now available online


Save Modern Greek at Degree Level at Cambridge

Please take a moment to sign this petition and pass it on to as many people as possible. Thank you!

As of October 2013, the Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages will suspend the teaching of Modern Greek as a full Tripos language on financial grounds. If the proposed changes go ahead, no student will emerge from Cambridge with any more than a cursory knowledge of Modern Greek language and culture. Cambridge is one of only three universities in the United Kingdom which offer a full undergraduate degree course with a specialisation in Modern Greek.

Modern Greek is a language of the European Union, and far more than a sequel to Greece’s ancient past. The language is spoken by at least 13 million people today in Greece, Cyprus and diaspora communities in numerous parts of the world. Cambridge has represented excellence in Modern Greek Studies for 75 years; the three holders of the Lewis-Gibson Lectureship have established Cambridge as an academic centre of international renown. Greek in Cambridge produces an annual publication, possesses an active research department and offers extra-curricular language learning opportunities to undergraduates and post-graduates alike. In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, the joint submission of the Modern Greek Section and the Faculty of Classics was recognised as the strongest in the UK for this unit of assessment (Classics, Ancient History, Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies). This will all cease if these changes go ahead.

Now, more than ever, Cambridge needs to be producing academics with an understanding of contemporary Greece. Modern Greek is a thriving subject at Cambridge; the Modern and Medieval Languages Faculty should reflect this in their decision.

We urge the Medieval and Modern Languages Faculty in the strongest possible terms to reconsider their projected suspension of Modern Greek as a degree subject.


Open Access Exhibition Catalogue: Transition to Christianity: Art of Late Antiquity, 3rd – 7th Century AD

New York : Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation ; Athens : In collaboration with the Byzantine and Christian Museum, ©2011.
Published in conjunction with the exhibition of the same name, held at the Onassis Cultural Center, New York, December 7, 2011-May 14, 2012.

Go to this link for the catalogue of the exhibition:


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The Thirty-Ninth Annual Byzantine Studies Conference (BSC)

This will be held at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, from Thursday evening, October 31, through Sunday lunch, November 3.
The deadline for abstracts will be Monday, 1 April 2013.

Please see here for more details.


7th Athens Postgraduate Conference (7th APC)
Faculty of Philology of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
16th to the 18th of May 2013.

Please find the Call for Papers here. Deadline: March 3rd.

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Koc University Summer Programs
Full details of a variety of worthwhile programs can be found at:


Ethiopia and the Mediterranean World in Late Antiquity: The Garima Gospels in Context
A two-day conference sponsored by the Ethiopian Heritage Fund, put on by Oxford’s own Dr. Georgi Parpulov

Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies,
University of Oxford
2-3 November 2013

Find full details on the flyer here.


Byzantium and British Heritage:  Byzantine influences on the Art & Crafts Movement
4-6 September, 2013 in the Safra Theatre, Strand Campus, King’s College London (with possible one-day excursion on Saturday, 7th September).

This conference opens a dialogue between specialists on the Byzantine world and on the Arts and Crafts Movement in order to set into context an important, if short-lived, episode in Anglo-Hellenic relations at the turn of the 20th century. This dialogue will be articulated around the architects who created the Byzantine Research Fund Archive, a unique collection of architectural drawings and photographs of numerous monuments across the Byzantine world, held in the Archive of the British School at Athens. Educated and trained in the traditions of the Arts and Crafts Movement (1880-1930) these architects developed highly successful practices, undertaking major commissions for buildings, furniture and fittings across Britain and the Empire. Their work, uniting as it does distinctively a British design tradition with Byzantine arts and crafts, represents a highly significant and under-researched link between Britain and the Hellenic world.

There will be a charge for the conference and for the day-excursion to St Sophia, Bayswater, and Westminster Cathedral in London, and to the Church of the Wisdom of God, Lower Kingswood, Surrey.

Highlighted subjects among the conference papers include the Byzantine Revival in Europe; the Byzantine Research Fund; Arts and Crafts architects (including W. R Lethaby, Robert Weir Schultz, and Henry Wilson) and monuments such as Westminster Cathedral; and the great patrons, including the Marquess of Bute and the Freshfield family.

Confirmed speakers include Professor J.B. Bullen (Reading) Professor Robin Cormack (Courtauld Institute); Dr. Kostis Kourelis (Franklin and Mary College, USA), Dr. Dimitra Kotoula (Byzantine and Christian Museum, Athens); Professor Alan Powers (University of Greenwich); Professor Gavin Stamp (Cambridge); and Dr. Peter Cormack (V&A Museum)

To express interest and join the mailing list for further details and booking forms, please email Mary Greensted (


Byzantine lectures in Edinburgh 2013

Tuesdays 5.15pm,  Room G2, 19 George Square, (Islamic & Middle Eastern Studies; Northwest corner of the square, across from the Chrystal Macmillan Building) All welcome
22 January 2013
Prof. Jim Crow, University of Edinburgh
“Resilient cities, living by the sea in Byzantine Asia Minor, 600-1000”
9 February 2013
Dr Andrew Peacock, University of St Andrews
“Nomads, sultans and marcher lords on the Byzantine-Seljuk frontier in 13th century Anatolia”

Meetings start at 6.30pm in Seminar Room 1, Chrystal Macmillan Building in George Square (please see individual dates for specific venue). Doors open and drinks from 6.00pm.  All are welcome.
Monday 14 January 2013
Professor Carola Small, University of Edinburgh
“Byzantines and Byzantine influence in Medieval South Italy”
Monday 4 February 2013
Dr Rebecca Sweetman, University of St Andrews
“The Late Antique Peloponnese: Landscapes and Networks of conversion”
Monday 4 March 2013
Mr Michael Heslop, Royal Holloway, University of London
“Byzantine Defences in the Dodecanese: Planned or Improvised?”


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Donald Bullough Fellowship
Full details found here. Closing Date for Application is the 29th March 2013.


2013 OCHS SCHOLARSHIPS: NOTES FOR APPLICANTS   The Ochs Scholarships are awarded annually by the British Archaeological Association for research projects which fall within the Association’s fields of interest. These are defined as the study of archaeology, art and architecture from the Roman period until the nineteenth century, principally within Europe. The scholarships are intended to provide post-graduate students striving to write up theses with late stage funding, and help independent researchers complete projects.

Applications are invited from students who are completing theses for post-graduate degrees and who have access to no other sources of funding. It must be demonstrated that the award of an Ochs scholarship will enable a thesis to be completed satisfactorily within the period of the Scholarship. Applications where a substantial amount of fieldwork remains to be done are unlikely to succeed. A Scholarship is awarded for one year only and is not renewable.

Applications are also invited from scholars unattached to universities, for research projects conducted either privately or under the umbrella of a larger organisation, such as a local history or archaeology society. Applications for publishing costs, or for the writing up and publication of existing research fully funded by another body, may also be considered, though applications of this kind should demonstrate that no other body could reasonably be expected to finance writing up. Research and Publication projects must be capable of completion within the period of the Scholarship.

Applications should give a detailed account of proposed expenditure, which may include a reasonable level of subsistence. Allowance may not be made for any imputed salary, nor do awards cover the costs of books or equipment such as computers. For post-graduate students allowable expenditure includes supervision and examination fees, as well as thesis-binding costs. While bearing in mind that scholarships up to the value of £5,000 are available annually, applicants should not ask for more than the minimum they feel they require, as potentially this may enable the Scholarship Committee to make more than one award.

In preparing the application, all information should be typed. Additional information may be attached on a separate sheet or in a covering letter. Scholarships are awarded annually in May on the recommendation of the Scholarship Committee which is appointed at the BAA’s February Council meeting. The committee reach a decision primarily on the basis of the application (plus any supporting documents), though committee members will take account of remarks made by the applicants two referees. Applicants should both supply the names and contact details of two referees on their application form, and ask their referees to forward references (either by post or as email attachments) to the Hon. Secretary so as to arrive by 21 February. Contact details for the Hon. Secretary are listed below. The committee generally come to a decision in April, and all candidates will be informed thereafter, and at the latest by 1 May. The scholarship is tenable for one year, and may be taken up at any time between May and October 2013, so only work which is capable of submission by October 2014 will be considered by the Scholarship Committee. The award is payable in three instalments; half on acceptance of the Scholarship, one quarter at the half-way stage, and one quarter on submission. Arrangements will be made to pay the first instalment on a date agreeable to the successful candidate. No member of the Scholarship Committee will discuss applications with candidates once they have been submitted, though the Hon. Secretary is happy to advise on procedure prior to the submission of an application. While all applications are regarded as confidential, the Association will publish the names of the successful applicants and details of their Scholarships as appropriate.

Application forms may be downloaded from the BAA website, or obtained by sending a stamped addressed envelope to John McNeill (Hon. Secretary, BAA), 18 Stanley Road, Oxford OX4 1QZ. Completed applications, together with any covering letter or enclosures, should be returned to John McNeill not later than 1 February, 2013, either by post – or as email attachments to


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