The Byzness

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The Byzness, 3 February 2012
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Registration Open for XV OUBS Conference – ‘Landscapes of Power’
Please do register online, although there is the possibility to do it also at the conference itself. The price for Speakers will be £10 for two days and £5 for one day, Members of OUBS will be at the same rate whilst non-members will be at £15 and £7 respectively.

There is also still the opportunity to display an A3 poster at the conference, please contact for more details.

Please find here, on our website, the link to the Provisional Schedule to download.

Those Wishing to attend the Saturday Conference Dinner may sign up here:
And there will also be welcome drinks in the Mitre at 8pm on the Thursday Evening:,+High+Street,+Oxford,+United+Kingdom&hl=en&sll=37.0625,-95.677068&sspn=43.528905,71.806641&oq=mitre,+oxfor&hq=The+Mitre,&hnear=High+Street+Barbers,+38+High+St,+Oxford+OX1+4AN,+United+Kingdom&t=m&z=14)

We look forward to seeing many of you there.


New Online Database
We are pleased to inform you that the database «Artefacts and Raw Materials in Byzantine Archival Documents / Objets et matériaux dans les documents d’archives byzantins» is now accessible online at On this page – Byzantine Resources, click Typika.

In this database are collected all the terms related to artifacts and raw materials encountered in published Byzantine archival documents. Each occurrence of a particular term is accorded an individual record. This record as a rule contains a brief discussion explaining the particularities of the specific use of the term. In addition, each term is also the subject of a synthesis record, where a general commentary on the term can be found, often accompanied by relevant bibliographical references.

This is still very much a work-in-progress and the database needs to be completed and improved. We would, therefore, invite and welcome suggestions and corrections, especially from colleagues with expertise in the various areas covered by the database. Instructions on how to use the database (howto.pdf) as well as a «Help» menu are accessible at the database’s home page. A contact address ( may be used for reporting problems regarding the operation of the database and for submitting comments and questions.
To cite the database:
Ludovic Bender, Maria Parani, Brigitte Pitarakis, Jean-Michel Spieser, Aude Vuilloud,

Artefacts and Raw Materials in Byzantine Archival Documents / Objets et matériaux dans les documents d’archives byzantins, URL:

Proposed abbreviation: «ByzAD».

L. Bender, M. Parani, B. Pitarakis, J.-M. Spieser, A. Vuilloud


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Inspired by the notorious “Uomo bizantino” by Guglielmo Cavallo (published by Laterza in 1992) and by the works of Alexander Kazhdan, especially “People and power in Byzantium”, our next issue will deal with the main social and anthropological aspects related to the prototype of the “Byzantine Man”. The issue will endeavour to encompass the main and most representative characters within Byzantine society.

The aim is to define behavioural patterns belonging to the “Homo Byzantinus”, according to both age and social setting. Emperors, friars, soldiers and writers, for instance, are key figures that enable us to understand Byzantine society from an anthropological perspective.

Whoever is willing to contribute is kindly requested to inform us by, and not later than, the 15th of May 2013.

From now on, Porphyra will be a peer-review magazine. To apply, you will need to send the entire article (not just an abstract or proposal), which the editors will have to approve. Respect of the publishing rules (which you can find ) is conditio sine qua non for your article to be accepted.

As in the previous issue (XVIII), reviews can also be sent, and if approved by the editors, will be published in the
relevant section of Porphyra.

• To send an article email:
• To send a review email:


‘Auctoritas’ Conference
Lleida, 26th, 27th, 28th June 2013

The Consolidated Medieval Research Group “Space, Power and Culture” of Lleida University is currently organising the third International Medieval Meeting Lleida, which will be held at Lleida’s Facultat de Lletres on 26, 27 and 28, June, 2013. Like the last IMMLleida, this event will feature four different conferences, each of them focusing on a different aspect of  “AUCTORITAS” and different papers on a different aspects of medieval studies (i.e. history, art history, archaeology, philology and  literature).
Furthermore, there will be sessions about research management, as well as
sessions introducing the activities of research institutions,
presentations by companies dedicated to the management and promotion of
heritage, and other activities related to the Middle Ages.

Anyone interested in any aspect of Medieval History is welcome to
participate in the IMMLleida! We would like to encourage you to present a
paper or organise a session or, if applicable, introduce your research
group, your publications, or simply come along to enjoy the conference and
take part in the free cultural events we have organised for those summer

To enrol, simply fill in the relevant form on our

If you have any queries at all, please contact us


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Georgian manuscripts conference – June 2013, Tbilisi

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15 – 24 August 2013, Ohrid, Republic of Macedonia

For Full Details see here.

Application Deadlines: Early application deadline: 15 April; Late application deadline: 15 May 

Download application form

Send your application to:

Ivana KrajcinovikCoordinator of the Summer School



Crossing the Languages of Medieval Europe: Historical, Linguistic and Literary Approaches

3-8 June 2013

At the Belgian Academy, Rome

Medieval Europe was marked by far-ranging linguistic diversity.  Religion, ethnicity, conquest, gender, profession, socio-economic position, and literary form, among many factors, all shaped and were shaped by language choices and intercultural exchanges. From Iceland to the Eastern Mediterranean, these factors combined in varying ways across the sacred and secular languages of a Europe already engaged beyond its permeable and never clearly defined borders.

This summer school seeks to open-up and conceptualize this linguistic diversity in order to challenge the established paradigms within which the disciplines of history, linguistics and literature study and teach the medieval past.  Students, tutors  and lecturers will be drawn from different disciplinary, chronological and geographical specialisms. The aim of the summer school is to go beyond the personal specialisms in order to bring different expertises into a productive and creative dialogue.  Because of the interdisciplinary collaboration new questions of wider significance will be asked and explored. These new questions will, in turn, enrich each student’s own specialist research and help him to establish an international network as an early career researcher.

Possible themes include international languages, relationships of secular and sacred languages, readership and reading, linguistic borders, writing of vernacular languages, what constitutes a vernacular language, language and literary canonization, communication (scholarly, diplomatic, ecclesiastical, merchant and court, for examples), intellectual and literary consequences of multilingualism, impact of modern nationalisms, the EU and globalization on study of medieval languages.



Applications should be sent before the 15th February 2013 to

Internet Link:


Tsakopoulos Hellenic Collection
Library Research Fellowship Program, 2013-2014

Thanks to generous funding from the Elios Society, the University
Library at California State University, Sacramento is pleased to
announce the second of a three-year Library Research Fellowship
Program to support the use of the Tsakopoulos Hellenic Collection by
fellows for scholarly research in Hellenic studies while in residence
in Sacramento. The Program provides a limited number of fellowships
ranging from $500 to $4,000 to help offset transportation and living
expenses incurred during the tenure of the awards and is open to
external researchers anywhere in the world at the doctoral through
senior scholar levels (including independent scholars) working in
fields encompassed by the Collection’s strengths who reside outside a
150 mile radius of Sacramento. The term of fellowships can vary
between one week and three months, depending on the nature of the
research, and for the second year will be tenable from July 1,
2013-June 30, 2014.

The fellowship application deadline is March 4,
2013. No late applications will be considered.

Comprising the holdings of the former Speros Basil Vryonis Center for
the Study of Hellenism, the Tsakopoulos Hellenic Collection, currently
numbering some 75,000 volumes, was donated to Sacramento State in
December 2002 and named in honor of its benefactor and alumnus Angelo
Tsakopoulos. With its focus on the Hellenic world, the Collection
contains early through contemporary materials across the social
sciences and humanities relating to Greece, its neighboring countries
and the surrounding region, with particular strengths in
post-Classical Hellenism. There is a broad representation of languages
in the Collection, with a rich assortment of primary source materials.
Since 2009 the Collection has experienced dramatic growth with the
gift acquisition of the libraries of the late Pyrrhus J. Ruches and
the late Dr. Steve A. Demakopoulos, which together are adding over
5,000 volumes to our holdings in the areas of Greek language,
folklore, history, literature, music, and anthropology. For further
information about the Tsakopoulos Hellenic Collection, visit

For the full Library Research Fellowship Program description and
application instructions, see: Questions about the
Program can be directed to George I. Paganelis, Curator, Tsakopoulos
Hellenic Collection (


Call for Applications – PhD Fellowships, Power and Institutions in Medieval Islam and Christendom

An integrated training network in research and diffusion for comparative history.
For further information, see

NB: call opens 4 February, closes 24 March.

 10 PhD Fellowships (each worth approx. 50,000 Euros per annum for three years). The ideal candidate will have recently completed a Master’s degree. Further specifications at

 “Power and Institutions in Medieval Islam and Christendom” is a research project which will develop from 2013 to 2016. It has been funded as a “Marie Curie Initial Training Network” with a grant of 3.3 million euros. The project combines academic research on medieval power and institutions with training in the wider dissemination of research-based knowledge, based on a formal network established between universities and private sector companies and funded by the European Union. It provides funding for 10 PhDs at universities in Spain, Britain, Italy, France, and Israel, and two postdoctoral positions, one based at a Dutch publisher (Brill), one at a Spanish TV/film company (Lopez-Li). During their studies, the PhD students will all have secondments to the publisher and the film company, the post-docs will come to the Universities to run sessions on print and media diffusion of research. Further training workshops are provided, on academic and other skills, as well as a larger-scale “Media School for Historians”. The project concludes with a conference on “Consequences in the Contemporary World”.


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