The Byzness

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The Byzness, 21 April 2013
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Index of Christian Art Launches new Byzantine resource

When our colleague Lois Drewer died she left behind a number of unpublished book-length manuscripts. Among these was her Calendar of Saints in Byzantine Manuscripts and Frescos-a work she had undertaken for a number of years. It is substantially complete but without her knowledge and expertise we have decided to publish it “as is” with the realization that there may be errors but also with the hope that it is of use.

This was intended to be a reference work on illustrated calendars of saints in Byzantine manuscripts and frescoes and is now available online on the Index of Christian Art website

Included is Lois’s iconographical analysis of motifs and narratives.

Colum Hourihane

Director, Index of Christian Art


Oxford Byzantine Art and Archaeology Lecture Programme

For those outside Oxford, please find the full programme here.

Each Lecture will be announced weekly on the Oxford Listings List along with many other events in Oxford, any wishing to receive Oxford Listings emails please email me at


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Speaking in Tongues

Institute of Historical Research, Senate House, London
14th of June 2013
Communication in the Middle Ages could take place within a wide spectrum of languages, dialects, and tongues. This conference, planned for the 14th of June 2013, will explore how the use and manipulation of language can contribute to our understanding of ‘real-world’ medieval cultural interaction, and investigate how complex ideas and societal mores were communicated and translated between languages. How did people overcome governmental and administrative challenges in multilingual environments? How were concepts and theories transmitted through cultures, across borders, or within the peripheries of Christendom? What kind of problems presented themselves in the realms of East-West relations, diplomatic missions, synods, and church councils?

This interdisciplinary conference, bringing together the linguistic, cultural, and historical, will be held at the IHR in central London. It will comprise of four broad thematic strands, interspersed with refreshments, a catered lunch, wine reception, and a keynote lecture, delivered by Dr Alan V. Murray (University of Leeds):
-! Cultural and political interaction in central and eastern Europe.
-! Ecclesiastical administration and theory
-! Byzantium and the gateway to Europe
-! The Latin East, crusader states, and knightly orders
Proposals for papers of 20 minutes, fitting broadly within one of the above thematic strands, are welcomed both from early career scholars, and from postgraduate students, before the extended deadline of 26th of April 2013. Further enquiries and proposals for papers should be sent to the organisers, Simon Parsons and Mark Whelan, at
Attendance at the conference is free but registration is necessary. To register please email the organisers at the above address. In order that candidates from outside London are able to attend, we hope to be able to provide limited travel expenses to speakers from outside London. Postgraduates should therefore make their status and their institution clear when submitting their proposal to achieve the best use of funds.


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CBOMGS Colloquium Programme

The full schedule is now available for what is sure to be a fine colloquium. Please find it here, and contact Siren at Celik at for more details.


Byzantium in Transition Workshop on Paros, May 24-26

Please go to their website for more information:


Byzantine Spain Colloquium
11th May – Wharton Room, All Souls College Oxford
The full programme is now available here.


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Doctoral and Postdoctoral Positions at the Sorbonne

The Research Center “Religions and Societies in the Mediterranean world” (RESMED), a laboratory of excellence attached to Sorbonne University, is offering (2) three-year doctoral grants and (2) one-year postdoctoral positions starting in September 2013.

You are invited to apply should your research projects fit into RESMED’s scientific program, which is organized around three themes: 1. Religions, places/premises and conflicts; 2. Religion and reason: Tradition and Innovation; 3. Religions and social practices.

You may see the call for application here:

Deadline for submission: 20 May 2013 at 12 pm.


Dissertation Stipends at Mainz

The Department for History and Cultural Studies invites applications in a new interdisciplinary Research
Training Group (Graduate School) funded by the German Research Foundation (Deutsche
Forschungsgemeinschaft) at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz on “Early Concepts of Man and
Nature: Universal, Local, Borrowed”

tenable for a maximum of 36 months, starting on October 1, 2013.
The disciplines cooperating in this programme are Egyptology, Ancient Near Eastern Studies, Archaeology
of the Ancient Near East, Graeco-Roman Archaeology, Classical Philology (Greek and Latin), Byzantine
Studies, Middle High German und Medical History. Our reserach and training programme will focus on the
development of concepts and ideas about man and nature in the ancient Near East, North-East Africa, and
Europe, based on written evidence, material culture, and iconography, in the following four areas: 1)
Cosmogony and Primary Elements; 2) Nature: Natural Phenomena, Forces, and Catastrophes; 3) Flora,
Fauna, and Landscape; 4) Man’s Body in Sickness and in Health. All topics for PhD theses will come from
one of these areas and will fall within one of the disciplines mentioned earlier. You are welcome to submit
your own proposal for a PhD thesis, or we will try and identify a suitable topic during the application
Applicants must hold a diploma or master’s degree (or equivalent) with excellent results in one of the
philological or archaeological disciplines mentioned, complying with the regulations for doctoral study in
Fachbereich (Faculty) 05 or 07 of Johannes Gutenberg University and a doctorate at Johannes Gutenberg
University (
In addition to academic excellence we expect applicants to play an active role within the programme of our
Research Training Group and to be open for interdisciplinary exchange. This includes continuous presence
at Johannes Gutenberg University during the whole course of the programme.
PhD candidates will be offered a wide choice of courses for further education including a stay abroad (max.
four weeks, with extra finance provided). Detailed information regarding our programme for research and
training and the staff involved with our graduate school may be found on our homepage (www.grkkonzepte-


Assistant Professorship in Aarhus

The research project “The Emergence of Sacred Travel: Experience, Economy, and Connectivity in Ancient Mediterranean Pilgrimage” (EST), based in the Department of Classical Studies at Aarhus University, has just announced a call for an assistant professor in Classical Archaeology and/or Classical Studies. The details of the call can be accessed here. The deadline for applications is 1 June 2013. I would appreciate if you could distribute this call to all potential candidates. Many thanks in advance! Please visit for more information on the project which is funded by a 7 million DKK grant from the Danish Research Council for Independent Research through its Sapere Aude career programme. Do not hesitate to contact me for further information about the project or the position.


Postdoctoral research appointment “Greek manuscripts and libraries”


As part of the current research project i-Stamboul financed by the French Agency for Research (ANR), we are pleased to announce the availability of a two years appointment (1 year renewable contract) starting September 1st 2013.


The research project i-Stamboul aims at reconstructing the library of Greek manuscripts that Metrophanes III, patriarch of Constantinople, collected in the 16th century at the library of the Monastery of the Holy Trinity (on the island of Halki near Istanbul). This is one of the few ancient libraries in the Eastern Mediterranean which can be reconstructed fairly accurately, both regarding the state of the original collection and its history from its creation to the 20th century, thanks to ancient inventories, journals of Western travellers, and notes of ownership on the manuscripts themselves. The core of this collection is now in the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Istanbul, while a significant portion was dispersed in the second half of the 16th century, and is currently to be found in various libraries in Europe and America.


The researcher will be responsible, in close collaboration with the other members of the project, for the cataloging of the dispersed Greek manuscripts in European libraries and the inventory and analysis of Greek and Western sources concerning the monasteries of the Princes Islands. He will be involved in the writing of several chapters in the collective volume on the history of the library. He will participate in feeding the website and the research blog related to the project.


The researcher will be hosted in Paris in the Greek department of the Institut de recherche et d’histoire des textes. The net monthly allowance amounts to 1900 – 2200 €.


The candidate will hold a PhD in Greek studies and have knowledge of modern Greek. He should also have a real expertise in the field of Greek manuscripts, including the technical tasks of cataloging.


Applicants should send, preferably by email :

• a letter of motivation (in English or French)

• a full academic CV

• a full list of publications

• eventually, a letter of reference


Deadline for applications: 10 May 2013.


For further information or to apply, write to:

André Binggeli

IRHT, Section grecque

52, rue du Cardinal Lemoine

F- 75005 Paris


SPHS Grants to Postgraduates and Young Scholars
 The Dover Fund
The Dover Fund, set up in honour of Sir Kenneth Dover, is administered by the Hellenic Society. Its purposes are:
·         to further the study of the history of the Greek language in any period from the Bronze Age to the 15th century AD, and
·         to further the edition and exegesis of Greek texts, including papyri and inscriptions, from any period within those same limits.
Grants from this Fund will be made for such purposes as visits to libraries, museums and sites. For instance, support may be offered to graduate students or young scholars outside the London area to enable them to take advantage of the excellent facilities of the Joint Library of the Hellenic and Roman Societies and the Institute of Classical Studies Library. The purpose of such support is to assist with travel, accommodation and subsistence costs, normally for up to a week. The sums awarded will vary according to the needs of the applicant, but most grants will be in the range £50 – £400; larger grants may be made from time to time at the discretion of the committee.
Applications must be received by May 1st of the year in which a grant is sought. Forms can be downloaded from the Society’s website –


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