The Byzness

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The Byzness, 17 February 2013
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Byzantine Harbour Town found near Istanbul

Full details see the Byzantine Blog:


Petition to Save the Neo-Hellenic Institute at the Sorbonne

Chères amies, chers amis,

Je viens de vous faire suivre une pétition concernant l’avenir des études grecques en France.

Suite à la disparition du Professeur Michel Lassithiotakis en juin 2012, l’Institut Néo-hellénique de la Sorbonne, fondé en 1920, est en danger. Sa fermeture serait une perte considérable pour nos études.

Je vous prie de bien vouloir diffuser cette pétition.

Je vous remercie de tout cœur.


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Third CEMS International Graduate Conference

Budapest, May 31–June 1, 2013

(please visit

 The Center for Eastern Mediterranean Studies (CEMS) at Central European University, and its junior members are proud to announce the forthcoming third International Graduate Conference on “Tradition and Transformation: Dissent and Consent in the Mediterranean,” Budapest, May 31–June 1, 2013. This two–day conference intends to explore a broad spectrum of aspects regarding the appropriation and transformation of cultural and religious traditions that informed the spiritual and intellectual struggles and changes in the Mediterranean from Late Antiquity to the Early Modern period. Taking into account the dynamic sociohistorical setting of religious and cultural processes, it seeks to approach the manner in which the permanently competing communities questioned, structured and performed their own beliefs and religious practices by disclosing heresies and shaping their orthodoxies.

The vast dimensions of the intellectual and religious concord and strife between, but also within, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, which shaped their traditions and unveiled their dissenting interpretations, commend a persistent and multifaceted interdisciplinary research. Graduate students of Late Antique, Islamic, Jewish, Byzantine, Western Medieval, Ottoman studies as well as students in the field of philosophy, theology, history of religion, sociology of religion, anthropology, etc., are invited to present their research on particular themes that reflect and address the complex formation and development of cultural, intellectual and religious identities in the Mediterranean.

Please submit by March 25, 2013 a short abstract (300 words or less) together with a paragraph about your affiliation and academic/research interests, using the abstract submission form. For further information please contact the organizers at

Possible topics for papers might include, but are not limited to:

• Hellenic paideia and philosophy

• Late Antique monotheisms

• ‘Pagan,’ Christian, Jewish, Muslim controversies and polemics

• “authoritative” authors/texts, exegesis and the (re)writing of the past

• tensions between Word and Image and transformations of religious identity

• oral traditions as agents of dissent/consent

• religious persecution and martyrdom, strategies of resistance and dissent

• political power and religious debates

• witchcraft and magic

• networks and the diffusion of orthodoxies/heresies

• religious dissent and gender

• warfare and religion: bellum iustum and bellum sacrum

• the making and unmaking of elites in the changing religious landscape

• comparative and theoretical approaches to concepts of ‘heresy,’ ‘heterodoxy’ and ‘orthodoxy’

 The conference committee aims at publishing a selection of interrelated papers, chosen both by quality and relevance to the theme of the conference, in one of the forthcoming issues of CEU Late Antique, Byzantine and Ottoman Studies series published by CEU Press.

Plenary speakers

Albrecht Berger (Ludwig Maximilians University)

• Philip Wood (Aga Khan University, London)

Accommodation and Travel Grants

Accommodation for the participants will be provided at the CEU Residence Center. To encourage participation from a wide range of individuals and institutions, a small number of travel grants will be available to assist in partially covering travel expenses for participants with limited institutional support. Those who wish to be considered should include an additional justification in the relevant section of the abstract submission form.


Identity – Inspiration – Creation – Legacy 300­‐2012: CBOMGS 14th Annual Postgraduate Colloquium, 25 May 2013

Papers are invited for the 14th Annual Postgraduate Colloquium of the Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies, University of Birmingham, which will convene on 25th May 2013.

This colloquium aims at exploring the theme of “the individual and the society”.

In all three disciplines, the definition on self vis­à­vis the society, expression of identy, the situation of the individual within the society and the society as a social structure stand as significant questions to be further discussed.

We welcome contributions in the form of a 250 word abstract for a 20 minute paper, which explore this relationship between the individual and the society in Byzantine, Ottoman or Modern Greek Studies in any of the following topics:

– Self-definition/representation
– Social values and norms
– Individual or group identity
– Individual in the society
– Objects and visual identity
– Cultural and national identity
– Literature and literary production
– Biography and autobiography

Papers should be 20 minutes in length.
Please send proposals of approximately 250 words to Siren Çelik sxc187 [at] by 25 March 2013.


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Endbands in the Bookbinding Traditions of the East (Byzantine Endbands)
20th-24th May 2013, Horn, Austria

For full details see here:


26-28th JUNE 2013


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Doctoral Fellowship at Paris Sorbonne

Annonce d’une allocation de recherche d’une durée de trois ans pour préparer une thèse (histoire comparée du pouvoir et des institutions au Moyen Âge, spécialité histoire byzantine)

Three-year fellowship do undertake a doctorate (comparative history of power and institutions in the Middle Ages with a speciality in Byzantine history).

Cette allocation de recherche sera localisée à l’Université Paris 1, sous ma direction, au sein de l’UMR Orient et Méditerranée

This fellowship will be located in Paris 1 University, under my supervision, in the recherche center Orient and Mediterranean.

Site web pour cette allocation/ web site for this precise fellowhip

Site web pour le programme/ main web site for the program                                        

Date limite d’inscription/ Closing date of applications

24 March 2013

Fellowship description

Power and institutions in the Byzantine world.

The ESR will study the interaction between the political events (understood widely, ie also form the religious point view) and the creation and evolution of institutions, as well as the role of institutions in the political and socio-political evolutions. Any particular period from the 5th to the 12th century can be chosen. The ESR should be trained in social history. Appropriate expertise for a comparative approach will be available at Paris.

Required skills:

Knowledge of Greek; experience on using Byzantine sources; early stage in Greek paleography would be appreciated. Knowledge of political and institutional history of Byzantium.


English, French

Michel Kaplan, Université Paris 1 (Panthéon Sorbonne).



The Cyprus American Archaeological Research Institute (CAARI) in Nicosia, Cyprus, invites applications
for two CAARI RESEARCH FELLOWSHIPS funded by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational
and Cultural Affairs through a grant from the Council of American Overseas Research Centers. The
fellowships provide $8000 each and are designed for scholars in the humanities, social sciences, and
related natural sciences who already have their PhDs, whose research engages the culture, history,
archaeology, or geography of Cyprus, and who would derive significant benefit from a month’s research
time on the island. Particular consideration will be given to applicants whose projects will enable them
to include Cyprus in their teaching. Applicants must be U.S. citizens.

Recipients will receive $2000 to be used for transport, $5500 toward living expenses including at least
one month’s lodging at CAARI, and an additional $500 for research expenses on the island. Residence at
CAARI is required. Recipients will present a public lecture or workshop on their research at CAARI during
their residency, file a report on their project at its conclusion, and acknowledge CAARI in publications
resulting from research done there. The fellowship could be held concurrently by the annual Senior
Scholar in Residence (with separate application for each position).

CAARI is located in central Nicosia close to the Cyprus Museum, major libraries, and the main business
and commercial district. The institute has hostel accommodations and excellent research facilities, in
particular its library with extensive holdings covering all periods of Cypriot history and prehistory, as well
as a good basic collection of works on Anatolia, the Aegean and the Near East.

FURTHER INFORMATION is available from:

656 Beacon Street (Fifth Floor)
Boston, MA 02215
Fax: 617-353-6575


Post-doctoral grant to study in Brussels

The Fondation Wiener-Anspach  funds post-docs.
(from Brussels to Oxford and Cambridge, and from Oxford-Cambridge to Brussels)
Some DPhil students in the field of Late Antiquity might be interested in coming to Brussels to work under the supervision of Dr Aude Busine.
Deadline: 29 March 2013


Doctoral or Post-Doctoral Research Positions in the History of Medieval Law
Project RELMIN: The Legal Status of Religious Minorities in the Euro-Mediterranean World, 5th-16th Centuries.
Apply by the 1st May 2013, full details here.

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