The Byzness

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The Byzness, 5 May 2013
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Cappella Romana Residency

14-15 May
This includes a mini-symposium on Byzantine chant at the Hellenic Centre on 14-May and a full concert featuring music from Medieval Sinaite manuscripts at St. Bartholomew-the-Great in West Smithfield on 15-May (see  

Details: Cappella Romana, the world’s leading early music vocal ensemble for the

broad exploration of music of the Eastern Orthodox traditions, especially
medieval Byzantine chant, returns to London for the first time since 2009
when it was engaged by the Royal Academy of Arts for its mega-exhibition
‘Byzantium: 323-1453’.

The ensemble will appear in two engagements in London this May 2013, a
mini-symposium on Byzantine chant at the Hellenic Centre on 14-May and a
full evening concert at St. Bartholomew-the-Great on 15-May, before
additional tour performances at the noted German early music festival ‘Tage
Alter Musik <>’
in Regensburg, and in Athens and Patras, Greece.


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University of St Andrews Teaching Fellow in Ottoman History – SB1065

School of History, Salary: £30,424-£36,298 per annum, pro rata 

Start: 1 September 2013, Fixed term for 10 months

The School of History is seeking to appoint a Teaching Fellow in History of the Ottoman Empire to cover for Dr Dimitris Kastritsis who will be on research leave during this period. The successful candidate will be required to contribute to the teaching of the sub-honours modules MH2002: Introduction to Middle Eastern History, and MO1007: The Early Modern Western World, and to teach honours courses, including ‘The classical Ottoman Empire, in addition to contributing to MLitt teaching in Middle Eastern History and Culture.

Further information on the University and the School of History can be found at the University website (  To discuss this post informally candidates might also wish to contact the Chair of Middle East Studies, Professor Ali Ansari (

Ref No:  SB1065
Closing Date:  27 May 2013
Further Particulars:  SB1065AO FPs.doc


Graduate Programme focusing on the Interreligious Comparison of Monastic Cultures (ICMC)

Between 1 October and 1 November 2013, at the “Forschungsstelle für Vergleichende Ordensgeschichte (FOVOG) (Research Centre for the Comparative History of Religious Orders), Technische Universität Dresden

The programme includes one Ph.D. grant for the religious cultures of the Eastern Mediterranean, especially Byzantine Christianity. The deadline for applications is 31 May 2013.

The programme will extend over four years (with an evaluation after two years) and will enable the successful applicants to complete a doctoral thesis, supervised jointly by Professor Gert Melville (Dresden) and Professor Claudia Rapp (Vienna). The grant includes a bursary of 1.200.- € net per month. Office space, a book fund, funding for research visits to libraries, for workshops and for the invitation of distinguished visiting scholars will also be provided.

Applicants are expected to have obtained an excellent Master degree in a relevant aspect of Byzantine Cultural and Religious Studies, and should have a solid reading knowledge of medieval Greek.

While the project of the successful applicant will focus on normative texts relating to Byzantine monastic life, the project also requires a willingness to engage in cultural comparisons with other forms of monasticism. The project is not tied to any spedific historical period.

Queries about the format of the project and applications are to be addressed to:

Prof. Dr. Gert Melville

Forschungsstelle für Vergleichende Ordensgeschichte (FOVOG)

TU Dresden

01062 Dresden


Queries regarding the research aspect of the project may also be addressed to:

Prof. Dr. Claudia Rapp, Dept. of Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies, University of Vienna


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