The Byzness

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The Byzness, 20 January 2013
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Medioevo greco. Rivista di storia e filologia bizantina (MEG ) expanding their Book Review Section

The leading journal in Italy for Byzantine studies is, from the next issue on, expanding the journal’s book reviews section, including longer review articles and articles devoted to the state of research on particular topics, authors, texts.

We welcome the submission of review copies of current scholarly books in the field of Byzantine studies, broadly defined to include all aspects of the history and literature of the Byzantine millennium, from the Late Antiquity to the Renaissance. We are committed to publish short summaries of all books received and longer critical reviews of selected books.

Yours sincerely,

Luigi Silvano – Redazione di MEG

Review copies may be sent to:

Luigi Silvano – MEG di Studi Umanistici

Biblioteca Rostagni

via S. Ottavio 20

10139 Torino (Italy)


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Hortulus: The Online Graduate Journal of Medieval Studies is a refereed, peer-reviewed, and born-digital journal devoted to the culture, literature, history, and society of the medieval past. Published semi-annually, the journal collects exceptional examples of work by graduate students on a number of themes, disciplines, subjects, and periods of medieval studies. We also welcome book reviews of monographs published or re-released in the past five years that are of interest to medievalists. For the spring issue we are highly interested in reviews of books which fall under the current special topic.

Our upcoming issue will be published in the spring of 2013, and concerns itself with the theme: wounds, torture, and the grotesque. These subjects have become increasingly popular in medieval scholarship. Ideas of the grotesque are being reconsidered in relation to concepts of race and racial theory, a discussion which has contemporary impacts far beyond the academic world. Concurrent to these developments in medieval studies has been an increase in scholarly attention paid to these subject areas in the field of medical humanities, which has further energized academic discussion of corporeality and the body. Such explorations include the analysis of suffering, personhood, and our responsibility to one another as human beings.

Hortulus invites full-length articles which consider these themes either individually or in tandem. We particularly encourage the submission of proposals that take a strongly theoretical and/or interdisciplinary approach, and that examine new and previously unconsidered aspects of these subjects. Possible topics may be drawn from any discipline: history, art history, archaeology, literature, linguistics, music, theology, etc. Work from every interpretive angle is encouraged – memory, gender, historiography, medievalism, consilience, etc. Most importantly, we seek engaging, original work that contributes to our collective understanding of the medieval era.

Contributions should be in English and roughly 6,000 – 12,000 words, including all documentation and citational apparatus; book reviews are typically between 500-1,000 words but cannot exceed 2,000. All notes must be endnotes, and a bibliography must be included; submission guidelines can be found on our website. Contributions may be submitted to and are due February 15, 2013. If you are interested in submitting a paper but feel you would need additional time, please send a query email and details about an expected time-scale for your submission. Queries about submissions or the journal more generally can also be sent to this address.


GEM Online Journal
The Birmingham society for students at the centre of Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies have started an online journal. Please find their call for papers here.


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Centre for Hellenic Studies Upcoming Events
A whole raft of Events at Kings may be found at:, do check them out for yourself.


VIth Annual Meeting of Doctoral Students – Paris

The Institut National d’Histoire de l’Art is putting together another annual post graduate exchange on the 4th-5th October 2013.
Please find full details of the event here.


Continuity and Change in Late Antique Art
Art Institute of Chicago
April 11-12, 2013
Held in conjunction with the exhibition Late Roman and Early Byzantine Treasures from the British Museum, on view at the Art Institute through August 25, 2013.

Thursday, April 11, 6:00pm
 Christopher Kelly, University of Cambridge, “Confronting the Classical: The Making of Christian Art”

Friday, April 12, 10:30 am – 5:00 pm

Sarah Bassett, Indiana University

Elizabeth Bolman, Temple University

Jas Elsner, University of Oxford and University of Chicago

Helen Evans, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Henry Maguire, Johns Hopkins

Robert Ousterhout, University of Pennsylvania

For further information, please contact Christina Nielsen:

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Foreigners’ Fellowships Programme at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
Application Deadline: January 31st, 2013
Please find full details at


Medieval Codicology and Palaeography Course at CEU, Budapest
15th-20th July 2013
Financial aid is available.
Application deadline: February 15, 2013

Please visit the individual course web sites for specific information:


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