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OXFORD UNIVERSITY BYZANTINE SOCIETY
The Byzness, 21 April 2013
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2. CALL FOR PAPERS
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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When our colleague Lois Drewer died she left behind a number of unpublished book-length manuscripts.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.
Director, Index of Christian Art
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
2. CALL FOR PAPERS
Speaking in Tongues
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Byzantium in Transition Workshop on Paros, May 24-26
Please go to their website for more information: www.ucy.ac.cy/byzantiumintransition
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: http://www.labex-resmed.fr/
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
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 www.sacredtravel.dk 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:
IRHT, Section grecque
52, rue du Cardinal Lemoine
F- 75005 Paris