The Byzness

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OXFORD UNIVERSITY BYZANTINE SOCIETY
The Byzness, 16 July, 2013

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1. NEWS
2. CALL FOR PAPERS
3. JOB OPPORTUNITIES

4. STUDENTSHIPS
5. EVENTS

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1. NEWS

New Series: Brill’s Late Ancient Literature, A Supplement to ‘Mnemosyne’
 
See the full announcement here
 
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New Series: Court Cultures of the Middle Ages and Renaissance
 

Peter Lang Oxford is pleased to announce the launch of the new series

Court Cultures of the Middle Ages and Renaissance

Court Cultures of the Middle Ages and Renaissance is a peer-reviewed series focused on the inter- and multi-disciplinary cultural output of medieval and Renaissance court culture on an international scale. The series invites proposals for single- and multi-authored monographs, edited collections and editions of early works relating to the court.

Prospective authors are encouraged to submit proposals which highlight the central importance of the court to medieval and Renaissance culture, including projects that explore the life and/or works of writers, artists, historiographers, soldiers, composers, diplomats and courtiers, in the East as well as the West. Other areas of particular interest are courtly ritual (e.g. chivalric code, ceremonies, spectacle) and literary and artistic representations of the court. The series will also explore the role of the court in shaping national, religious and political identities, as well as its function as an interface between different cultures.

Each proposal will be vetted by the specialists on the series editorial board and will undergo a comprehensive peer-review process.

Series Editor

Dr Sarah Alyn Stacey, Trinity College Dublin

We welcome proposals for this series. For more information, please contact oxford@peterlang.com.


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2. CALL FOR PAPERS

New College Conference on Medieval and Renaissance Studies:

 

The nineteenth biennial New College Conference on Medieval and Renaissance Studies will take place 6–9 March 2014 in Sarasota, Florida. The program committee invites 250-word abstracts of proposed twenty-minute papers on topics in European and Mediterranean history, literature, art, music and religion from the fourth to the seventeenth centuries. Interdisciplinary work is particularly appropriate to the conference’s broad historical and disciplinary scope. Planned sessions are welcome; please see the new guidelines at http://www.newcollegeconference.org/cfp.

In memory of the conference’s founder Lee Daniel Snyder (1933–2012), we are pleased to announce the establishment of the Snyder Prize, which will be awarded for the first time in 2014. The prize carries an honorarium of $400 and will be given to the best paper presented at the conference by a junior scholar. Further details are available at the conference website.

 

The conference will be held on the campus of New College of Florida, the honors college of the Florida state system. The college, located on Sarasota Bay, is adjacent to the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, which will offer tours arranged for conference participants. Sarasota is noted for its beautiful public beaches, theater, food, art and music. Average temperatures in March are a pleasant high of 77F (25C) and a low of 57F (14C).

 

More information will be posted on the conference website as it becomes available, including submission guidelines, prize details, plenary speakers, conference events, and area attractions:

http://www.newcollegeconference.org

The deadline for abstracts is 15 September 2013. Send inquiries toinfo@newcollegeconference.org and abstracts to:

abstracts@newcollegeconference.org


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3. JOB OPPORTUNITIES

Postdoctoral researcher in Archaeology (4y – University of Leuven)
 
In order to develop its role in IAP 07/09 CORES (Comparing regionality and sustainability in Pisidia, Boeotia, Picenum and NW Gaul between Iron and Middle Ages (1,000 BC – AD 1,000), the Sagalassos Archaeological Research Project (www.sagalassos.be) of the University of Leuven wishes to contract a postdoctoral researcher in Archaeology. Detailed information on the IAP 07/09 project can be found at http://iap-cores.be/. General information on the Interuniversity Poles of Attraction programme can be found at http://www.belspo.be/IAP/.
 
The candidate holds a Ph.D. degree in Archaeology and is available to join the Sagalassos project per 1 October 2013, in Leuven, for a fixed period of four consecutive academic years. The post is open to applicants at any stage of their postdoctoral career, including those who have just completed their PhD, and to candidates of any nationality.The contract details will be finalised by the Leuven HR-department. The applicant has a track record in publication on themes relevant to the IAP 07/09 project, can demonstrate a role in attracting project funding, has experience in teaching Archaeology at Bachelor and/or Master level, has coordinated archaeological fieldwork on themes relevant to the IAP 07/09 project, preferably in Turkey, and preferably has some knowledge of the Turkish language.
 
The candidate is prepared to teach in the Leuven Ba-Ma programme, make a crucial contribution to the organization of the Sagalassos project, coordinate surveys and/or excavations during the annual fieldwork, prepare new project applications sustaining the IAP 07/09 programme, as well as direct the IAP 07/09 reporting responsibilities.
 
The applicant is requested to submit a curriculum vitae detailing the qualities mentioned above, as well as a research proposal of maximum 1500 words aimed at developing one or more crucial research themes linked to the role of the Sagalassos project in IAP 07/09. Additionally, a work plan is added of maximim 500 words and a plan covering research valorization of maximum 500 words.
 
The deadline for applications is 10 June 2013, 12:00 Leuven time. Enquiries and/or applications are addressed to [jeroen.poblome@arts.kuleuven.be]. A selection of candidates can be contacted for an interview. All candidates receive notification.
 
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JOB OPENING GHENT: RESEARCH ASSISTANT (BYZANTINE) GREEK PHILOLOGY

A one-year position for a research assistant is opening up at the Database of Byzantine Book Epigrams project at Ghent University. The Database of Byzantine Book Epigrams is a research project based at the Department of Literary Studies at Ghent University and funded by the Flemish Government ‘Hercules fund for research infrastructure’. The database aims to provide on-line access to the vast corpus of book epigrams (or: metrical paratexts) found in Byzantine manuscripts. More information about the project can be found on www.dbbe.ugent.be.

The successful candidate will be expected to create and maintain the textual records that form the core of the digital database. Primary tasks are the gathering of textual and contextual data from existing publications, and inputting the data through a user-friendly electronic interface. He or she will work in a collaborative research team. Candidates must possess a Master’s degree in Classics, Greek Philology, and/or Byzantine Studies. Thorough knowledge of Ancient and Byzantine Greek is essential, and acquaintance with Byzantine palaeography and codicology is desired.

We offer a job in a dynamic research environment, the possibility to prepare publications as a co-author, and an attractive salary (ca 1,800 euro/month net). The research assistant will have the status of a doctoral bursary.

The appointment is for one year, but is renewable. The research assistant is expected to start on 1 October 2013 (at the earliest).

Applications should include a curriculum vitae, a motivation letter, and the name and contact details of two referees. Applications must be sent to Professor Kristoffel Demoen (kristoffel.demoen@ugent.be), before 8 August 2013. The decision will be made known soon thereafter, at the latest before the end of August. For enquiries, please contact Dr. Floris Bernard (floris.bernard@ugent.be).

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4. STUDENTSHIPS
 
DPhil Project: “Dirhams for Slaves. Dirham hoards, trade in Slavic slaves and the emergence of Medieval Europe“, University of Oxford
 
We invite applications for a fully-funded DPhil studentship for the project “Dirhams for Slaves. Dirham hoards, trade in Slavic slaves and the emergence of Medieval Europe”. The project, based at the University of Oxford, is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and will run for 3 years starting on 1 October 2013. The doctoral project will consist in a study of the contexts of silver hoards in Northern, Central and Eastern Europe.
 
The deadline for applications is 30 June 2013. See this advert for eligibility and how to apply.
 
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5. EVENTS
 
Constantine: Religious Faith and Imperial Policy
 
A symposium in celebration of the 1700th anniversary of the Edict of Milan, at the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. For the advertising poster see here
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