Dear All,

With the onset of a rather rainy British summer (shock, horror), there are plenty of fantastic opportunities and events which we are pleased to inform you of. I trust that all of your projects and research are progressing well, and particularly good luck to the Oxford master’s students in the aftermath of their exams and awaiting results.
Best wishes to all,

Nicholas Matheou
MPhil Late Antique and Byzantine Studies, St. Cross College
President, Oxford University Byzantine Society

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The Byzness, 23 July, 2013

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New Publications from Peter Lang: June 2013
The Peter Lang June 2013 New Publications Catalogue is now available, see here for more details.

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CAA Annual Conference, Chicago February 12-14, 2014, ‘Decentering Art of the Former East’
Deadline for Proposals: August 1, 2013

Session sponsored by the Society of Historians of East European,
Eurasian, and Russian Art and Architecture (SHERA)

Panel co-chairs: Masha Chlenova, The Museum of Modern Art; and Kristin
Romberg, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Whether conceptualized in terms of a periphery or an alternative
center, narratives of Russian and Eastern European art have long been
organized around a binary of East and West, shaped both by art
history’s disciplinary biases and by the politics of the Cold War and
“fall of communism.” This panel takes Partha Mitter’s argument in
“Decentering Modernism” (2008) as a point of departure in order to
rethink how art of these regions can be understood in an increasingly
global art history. Can we find ways of rereading the default
evaluation that western references to the Russian avant-garde’s
monochromes and constructions are art-historically savvy, while
Russian and Eastern European references to internationally known
practices are derivative? What is the difference between naïve
appropriation and creative misreading, and to what extent are these
procedures also fundamental to the work of stably central figures of
Western European and North American art? How do Byzantine and Eurasian histories and forms ground or inflect these artistic formations? Can
the widespread opposition between a western artistic center and
eastern periphery be productively undermined not through the lens of
nationalism but through that of global modernism and art history? What
do the critical lenses developed in the process of working on Russian
and Eastern European topics reveal about western art, global art, or
art history as a discipline? How do we interpret these practices in
ways that are not just specific, but that also speak to and shape
art-historical inquiry more generally? This panel seeks historically
grounded case studies of Russian, Eastern European, and Eurasian art
from any period that productively explore these issues.

Please send a paper title, abstract (200-300 words), and 2-page
curriculum vitae to Masha Chlenova ( and
Kristin Romberg ( by August 1.

Note that panelists must join SHERA to participate, but do not need to
be members of CAA or to register for the conference.

International Symposium at the Institutum Romanum Finlandiae (Villa
Lante, Passeggiata del Gianicolo 10) ‘The Material Sides of Marriage: Female goods and women’s economic role in the domestic sphere in Greek, Roman and Byzantine times’
Rome, Italy, on 21.-22. November 2013
Deadline for proposals: 15 July 2013
We propose to study women’s economic role in the domestic sphere
focusing on the domestic economy, marriage and family in Greek, Roman,
and Byzantine times at a two-day symposium to be held at the
Institutum Romanum Finlandiaein Rome, Italy. Themes will include a
wide variety of practices that materialize the gendered economies of
ancient Mediterranean cultures, from betrothal and dowry practices,
material goods in a domestic context, division and maintenance of
resources, women’s economic contributions to the household and
inheritance and gift giving practices.

In the patriarchal societies around the ancient Mediterranean women’s
roles were often restricted to that of daughters, sisters, wives and
mothers, economically, legally, and socially dependent on fathers,
brothers, sons or husbands, an ideology of male supremacy supported by
Islam, Christianity, and Judaism. A wide range of cultural,
ideological, legislative, and political constraints thus hindered
women’s economic roles and advancement. Women’s economic participation was often invisible or indirect due to the lack of equal education as well as limited access to productive assets, such as the chief source of wealth in the ancient economy, land. Even if providing a woman with a dowry – which represented a daughter’s share of her parental
inheritance – at the time of her marriage was common throughout much
of the ancient Mediterranean, it usually consisted, in contrast to her
brothers’shares, of typical female goods such as jewelry, clothing,
furniture or cash instead of real estate or land. Objects were, in
fact, central means of expressing gender roles and hierarchies, with
multiple functions in articulating economic relations between family
members, for example as gifts marking the passage from unmarried to
married status, as the private and personal property of married woman,
or as female goods interred as funerary gifts. In ancient
Mediterranean cultures certain categories of concrete material goods,
such as clothes, jewelry and toiletries, were particularly
gender-sensitive means of distribution, consumption and display of
wealth, and played a significant role in family economies. Materiality
is, in fact, an important concept for analyzing interactions between
objects and social life, yet its potential has not yet been fully

The gendered materiality of family economies encompasses a broad range
of phenomena. Female engagement in domestic productive and maintenance activities (division of labour in and outside of the household and administrating family economies), often invisible, remains an area not
thoroughly understood and examined, such as the role of women in
controlling and managing the material property of the household in
other marriage-like contractual relationships of the non-elite
classes, or the possibilities of supplementing domestic resources by
having a small vegetable garden, producing textiles, working as
teachers, wet-nurses, midwives or prostitutes. Moreover, in some other
ancient societies there were no legal restrictions on the economic
activity of women.  Women could manage their own financial affairs,
inherit equally with their brothers, make wills as they wished, own,
buy and sell property, and borrow and lend money.

The conference organizers welcome abstracts of about 300 words on
female goods and the economic activities of women in the sphere of the
ancient household based on the analysis of literary, documentary,
archaeological and iconographic evidence. Papers should be 20 minutes
in length (allowing for 10 minutes of discussion after each individual
paper) and should be read in English. We encourage junior researchers
and recent PhD holders to apply as well. All speakers are responsible
for their own travel arrangements and accommodation in Rome.

Please submit your abstract by e-mail to PD Dr. Sabine Huebner
( <>) or
Dr. Ria Berg ( <>).
Please include the full title of your abstract and a short
biographical note on your affiliation and previous research. The
deadline for proposals is 15 July 2013.

International Scientific Symposium ‘Days of Justinian I’: ‘Macedonia and the Balkans in the Byzantine Commonwealth’
Skopje, 18-19 October, 2013

Organized by EURO-BALKAN UNIVERSITY, Skopje, Republic of Macedonia

with the financial support of the MINISTRY OF CULTURE of the Republic of Macedonia

The International scientific symposium “Days of Justinian I” is an annual interdisciplinary scientific forum for presentation of the latest research and discussion of various aspects of Byzantine and Medieval Studies, which includes the treatment and interpretation of Byzantine and Medieval cultural, historical and spiritual heritage in contemporary European politics and history.

The theme of this year’s scientific symposium “Macedonia and the Balkans in the Byzantine Commonwealth” is focused on analyzing the specifics, differences and similarities of the Balkan region from the perspective of the impact of Byzantine as a dominant political, cultural, religious and aesthetic model. The purpose of the scientific meeting is to explore the concept of the Byzantine Commonwealth and to define the place of Macedonia and the Balkans, treating the phenomenon of Byzantium as Universal Empire being in a continuous interaction and conflict with Western Christianity and Christian-Islamic Orient.
Papers are welcomed on various aspects that could include the following areas of discussion:

• Byzantine Commonwealth: historical reality or modern construct?

• The place of Macedonia and the Balkans in the Byzantine Commonwealth;

• Byzantium as a cultural, aesthetic and religious model for political elites in the Balkans;

• Balkan countries in the Byzantine “hierarchy of states”;

• Ethnicity and identity in the Middle Ages: the Byzantine civilization concept and definition of “others” in the Balkans;

• Byzantine mission in the Balkans: religion, politics, diplomacy;

• The Balkans between Byzantium, Western Europe and the Orient;

• Byzantium after Byzantium: treatment and influence of Byzantine concepts and practices on post-medieval successors in Macedonia and in the Balkans;

• The representation of Byzantium in art, literature, music and material culture in the Balkans;

• Byzantine religious concept and modernity: tradition and influences;

• Byzantine cultural heritage: interpretation, restoration, protection;

• Archeological heritage and the research of the Byzantine history, society and economy.



Deadline for submitting the abstract of the papers: September 15, 2013

Notification of acceptance for early applicants: August 10, 2013

Notification of acceptance for other applicants: September 20, 2013

Deadline for submitting the full papers: January 31, 2014


Please check the Euro-Balkan website: for news on the symposium, the agenda, special events and the online application form.

Please send the application form to:

Euro-Balkan University

Blvd. Partizanski Odredi 63, 1000, Skopje, Republic of Macedonia

Tel/Fax. 00389 2 3075570


Presentation of the papers will be limited to 15 minutes.

Working languages: Macedonian and English.

No participation fee is required. Travel and accommodation expenses are covered by the participants themselves.

The full papers will be peer-reviewed by the International Programme Committee and the International Editorial Board. Papers delivered at the Symposium will be published in the Proceedings of the Symposium.

For further inquires please contact: Ivana Kraјcinoviк (

Symposiarch: Professor Mitko B. Panov

Tracing children’s perspective from the 1st c. BCE to  the 6th c. CE
Below, you will find (1) a call for papers for a workshop. This is followed by (2) an introduction to the ideas and thinking behind the call for papers. The workshop is organized under the aegis of the project “Tiny Voices From the Past: New Perspectives on Childhood in Early Europe”  (University of Oslo / Norwegian Research Council). The project (2013–2016) studies the lives of children and attitudes to childhood at a culturally formative stage of European culture: Antiquity and the Early/High Middle Ages. Please visit for fuller information.
1) The workshop: themes and aims 
The aim is to produce articles for a volume dealing with the everyday life of children in Late Antiquity. The idea is that all presentations would have children and their perspective as the starting point (living environment, both material and interpersonal) and, as far as possible, the experiences and agency of the children themselves. The main focus of the volume will be on Late Antiquity, and a central concern will be to scrutinise continuities and changes in everyday life. The articles are expected to deal with local children and childhood experiences in the Roman Empire, in early medieval and in early Byzantine contexts in the period from the first century BCE to the sixth century CE. 
For this, we arrange a workshop in May 2014 (two to three days between May 20 and 25)—here, papers based on the first drafts of the articles aimed at the volume will be given. There will be both invited scholars and scholars participating after this call for paper. Simultaneously, there takes place a parallel workshop “Origins of Western Childhood, 1st cent. BCE–13th cent. CE”, which will take the perspective of history of ideas on childhood. A follow-up workshop for those included into publication, with fully developed chapters, is planned to take place in spring 2015, with the final deadline for the contributions.
We look for contributions that focus on the following issues (you are, however, welcome to propose other topics!):
– the experiences and agency of children (work, religion, community life)
– children’s activities and social networks (family, kin, neighbourhood) 
– the material culture of children (toys, interplay with the built/natural environment)
– housing conditions, furniture, tools, clothing and food of children
– touch, smell, dirt and noise in the lives of children
– the narrative environment of children (stories and ‘children’s literature’)
– written remains by children (graffiti, school excercises, letters)
We expect that all papers pay attention to the impact of social status and gender on the lives of children, and as far as possible to aspects of continuity and/or change. Taking account of popular culture and comparative viewpoints is welcomed. We very much encourage interdisciplinarity. We welcome contributions from classical scholars, historians, archaeologists, New Testament and early Christian scholars, folklorists, papyrologists and art historians inter alios.
The deadline for the abstracts (max 300 words) is October 10th 2013, to be sent to Ville Vuolanto, final programme of the meeting will be published later this year. In order to achieve a lively discussion and a possibility to prepare for comments, we hope to get from you an outline of the presentation (i.e. of the chapter proposed) by April 2nd 2014. There will be no workshop fee, and coffee, lunches and two dinners are covered by the organizers.
Society for the Medieval Mediterranean Conference

The forthcoming conference of the Society for the Medieval Mediterranean, which will take place on 8-10th July 2013 at Churchill College, Cambridge (UK) with a theme of ‘Trade, Travel and Transmission’. Twenty session with a range of international speakers are scheduled and key note addresses will be delivered by Prof. David Abulafia and Prof. Carole Hillenbrand. Registration costs, including lunch and all daytime refreshments are as follows:


•             £135 for full registration

•             £110 for students, society members or unwaged participants

 For the full programme, information about how to register and book accommodation, please see the Society’s new web pages:

Due to unforeseen circumstances there is currently three slots available for participation in this international conference, as part of sessions on the following topics:


  • Transmission of scientific knowledge
  • Trade and Transmission of ceramics
  • Transmission and Trade Between Ottoman and Byzantine Worlds
To express an interest in these sessions please
Conference in Ghent, April 10-11, 2014, on the Ten Commandments entitled ‘The Ten Commandments in Medieval and Modern Culture’. For more information see Ten Commandments Conference.

New York University Classics Graduate Student Conference
November 16, 2013

The Same Old Lies: Frauds, Falsehoods, and Forgeries in the Ancient World

Field-dwelling shepherds, ignoble disgraces, mere bellies:  we know how to say many false things similar to genuine ones, but we know, when we wish, how to proclaim true things. (Hesiod,Theogony 26-9)

With these lines the Olympian Muses address Hesiod at the beginning of the Theogony. In thus inspiring the poet to celebrate “what will be and what was before” (32), the Muses draw a distinction between what is true and what is false and at the same time challenge our ability to distinguish the two. But what, exactly, was considered a “lie” in the ancient world? Was it merely the communication of an untruth, or is the intent to deceive central to the very concept? Along similar lines, how do forgeries and counterfeits, both ancient and modern, “lie” to their users and viewers, and what truths can we glean from their production and reception?

This conference seeks to explore such questions, examining the critical role played by lies, untruths, and misinformation in the construction and interpretation of the Greek and Roman worlds. We invite submissions from all subfields and related disciplines (Classics, History, Religious Studies, Philosophy, Art History, Archaeology, Near Eastern Studies, Judaic Studies).

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Taxonomies of lying by both ancient and modern critics
  • Lying as it relates to craft, cunning, and deception
  • Dishonest self-representation and the creation of literary personas
  • Lying with and within ancient myths
  • The deceptive deployment of the ancient world for modern scholarly, political, and commercial purposes
  • Lying, law, and the burden of proof

Anonymous abstracts of 300 words or less should be submitted in .doc or .pdf format no later than 08/16/2013. Notifications will be send in the first half of September.  Please include your name, institution, contact information, and the title of your abstract in the body of your email. Papers should be no longer than 20 minutes in length, and NYU students will prepare 5-minute responses. Questions about the conference can be addressed to Phil Katz and Ari Zatlin at the same email address.

Commemorating Augustus: a bimillennial re-evaluation

University of Leeds, 18th-20th August 2014

Deadline for abstracts: 1st December 2013

Recent publications by Barbara Levick, Karl Galinsky and others demonstrate the ongoing strength of contemporary interest in the historical Augustus. But while the reception histories of figures such as Nero, Julius Caesar and Elagabalus have benefited from focused large-scale scholarly investigations, Augustus’ remains seriously under-explored. Given the controversial nature of his career and the widely variant responses which he has provoked, this is a serious barrier to a full 21st-century understanding of Augustus. We cannot see him clearly for ourselves until we have explored the full range of his past receptions and their impact on our own view.

The bimillennium of Augustus’ death on 19th August 2014 is the perfect opportunity for a systematic assessment of his posthumous legacy and a re-evaluation of his current significance. Commemorating Augustus, a major international conference running over the bimillennium itself, will bring together experts from a wide range of disciplines to undertake this work. The aim is to foster interdisciplinary dialogue and enable new perspectives through a shared focus on a single iconic figure.

The over-arching questions which will define the conference and its debates include:
•       What range of responses to Augustus has been expressed between his death and the present day?
•       Who has generated them, when, where and how?
•       How has Augustus’ equivocal and contradictory career been received in different cultural contexts?
•       How and to what effect have receptions of Augustus reflected cultural exchange and interaction between past and present, and between contemporary cultures?
•       How do 21st-century assessments of Augustus reflect those of the past?


Mary Harlow (Leicester), Ray Laurence (Kent), Valerie Hope (Open University), Alison Cooley (Warwick), Steven J. Green (Leeds), Shaun Tougher (Cardiff), Russell Goulbourne (Leeds), Barbara Levick (Oxford: keynote 1), Martin Lindner (Göttingen), Lucy Moore (Leeds Museums), Karl Galinsky (Austin Texas: keynote 2, provisional).

For their titles / topics, please see


Proposals are now invited for papers which explore the conference’s major questions through specific aspects of Augustus’ death and posthumous reception. Papers should be 20 minutes long, and will be followed by 10 minutes for discussion. Topics might include:

•       Augustus’ preparations for his own death
•       Augustus’ funeral, burial and deification
•       Responses and reappropriations by Roman emperors up to late antiquity
•       Early Christian responses to Augustus – e.g. Origen, Orosius, John Malalas
•       Medieval political responses and reappropriations – e.g. Holy Roman Emperors, Philip II of France, Cola di Rienzo
•       Renaissance / early modern political responses and reappropriations – e.g. Charles II, Louis XIV, House of Hanover, electors of Saxony / kings of Poland
•       Modern political responses and reappropriations – e.g. Napoleon, Mussolini
•       Explicit and implicit evaluations in political thinking – e.g. Petrarch, Machiavelli, Bodin, Justus Lipsius, Erasmus, Thomas Elyot, Montesquieu, Jonathan Swift
•       Augustus in European literature – e.g. Dante, Montaigne, Fontenelle, Voltaire, Pierre Corneille, Heinrich von Kleist, Balzac
•       Augustus in English literature, especially of the ‘Augustan age’ – e.g. Ben Jonson, Donne, Dryden, Pope, Robert Graves, John Williams, Allan Massie
•       Art and architecture – e.g. images of Augustus, emulation of his buildings
•       Augustus in modern popular culture – e.g. novels, films, television, comics, computer games, tourism and Augustan monuments
•       Changing scholarly evaluations of Augustus – e.g. Thomas Blackwell, Gibbon, Mommsen, Meyer, Betti, Last, Buchan, Syme, Millar, Zanker, Levick, Galinsky
•       The 21st-century Augustus – current perspectives, their relation to past views of Augustus and the implications of passing judgement on a historical figure.

A fuller list of suggestions is available at; though neither is exhaustive, and proposals for papers on topics not listed are welcome.


If you are interested in offering a paper, you should first email Dr. Penny Goodman (<>), indicating the general topic which you wish to explore. This is to pre-empt overlaps between papers. A title and abstract (c. 300 words) will then be required by 1st December 2013.

The conference will take place in Devonshire Hall, a self-contained University of Leeds residence in the style of an Oxbridge college. A selection of papers offered at the conference will be published afterwards in the form of an edited volume.

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Munich, Institute for Art History at the Ludwig Maximilian University

International Junior Research Group “PREMODERN OBJECTS. AN ARCHEOLOGY

3 Research Collaborators (2 PhD Candidates, 1 Post-Doc)

Beginning: 01.10.2013 (or at the latest 01.12.2013)
Deadline for applications: 07.07.2013
Salary group: TV-L E13, 66% (Employment, payment and social benefits
are determined by the Public Sector Collective Agreement: Tarifvertrag
für den öffentlichen Dienst – TVöD)

The International Junior Research Group “PREMODERN OBJECTS. AN
ARCHEOLOGY OF EXPERIENCE“ at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich
invites applications to fill the positions of 3 Research Collaborators
(2 PhD Candidates, 1 Post-Doc).

The Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (LMU) is one of the most
famous and largest universities in Germany.


The International Junior Research Group bases its approach on the idea
that our concept of the “object” formed only recently: it was not until
“Modernity” that its features came to be defined as material, spatially
confined, and closely connected to a purpose.
The group’s intention is to engage in reconstructing pre-modern
conceptions of objecthood and experiences with objects. Key approaches
and research fields are the relationship of objects, images and texts.

The positions are intended for excellent young scholars to pursue their
research project as well as to contribute to the scientific and
organizational activities of the research group. The possibility for
teaching will also be available.

PhD Candidates: The advisor of the PhD is normally the leader of the
International Junior Research Group (in Art History). Possible research
fields are the ornamenting of objects through images or the
representation of objects in various contexts. Other projects on the
history of objects are also welcome.

Post-Doc: An interdisciplinary research project is required.


– An MA degree / a PhD degree of high standing
– The possible working languages are German, English, French and
Italian. English should be mastered at a proficient academic level;
basic knowledge of German and the desire to improve will be necessary;
one additional language will also be required
– Strong interest in interdisciplinary research and teaching

Furthermore for the position as Post-Doc:
– Publications on pertinent topics
– Familiarity with international collaboration

PhD Candidates: The positions are limited to a period of 2 years with
the option of an extension for a further year.
Post-Doc: The position is limited to a period of 1 year with the option
of an extension for a further year.

Your workplace is situated in the center of Munich and can be reached
very easily with public transportation. We offer an interesting and
challenging position with the possibility of further training and

As a general rule, part-time employment is possible.
Applications from appropriately qualified handicapped persons will be
given priority.


The applications should include:

– Cover letter with the names of two references (whom we could ask for
– CV (with list of publications if relevant)
– Abstract for a research project (ca. 5 pages / 15.000 characters)
– Abstract of the master thesis / PhD
– Writing sample from a publication or thesis (article or chapter)
– Copies of all pertinent diplomas

Applicants are required to merge all the documents into one single pdf
file and to submit it via e-mail to by 07 July 2013 with
“Application Junior Research Group” as the subject.

Please address inquiries to:

Further information can be found at: [1]

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‘Literature as Performance’, an international conference organised by the Center for Hellenic Studies of Harvard University and the Society for the Promotion of Education and Learning.
The conference will take place in Athens on the 5th-7th of July 2013. For the event poster see here, and for the program see here.

Nicholas Matheou
MPhil Late Antique and Byzantine Studies, St. Cross College
President, Oxford University Byzantine Society

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