The Byzness

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The Byzness, 04 August, 2013

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Dear Scholars of Byzantium,

Please find here the Istanbul Byzantine Circular No. 26 July 2013. This spring and early summer were eventful. Various lectures, third Sevgi Gönül Byzantine Studies Symposium and the accompanying exhibitions boosted the academic life in Istanbul. Other events, threatening the preservation of Byzantine cultural heritage, were also happening in Istanbul and raising our deep concerns.

With the hope of more harmonious autumn, we ask you to let us know of any news in good time for the next Circular, No. 27 October 2013.

Nevra Necipoğlu      and      Ivana Jevtic (editor)


Manuscripts-on-Microfilm Database


Dumbarton Oaks Research Library holds almost 2000 microfilm rolls that are reproductions of medieval and early modern manuscripts, the originals of which are held in institutions around the world. In 2011, the Library began a project that included the creation of a database representing the Library’s microfilm holdings. Thanks to the combined efforts of Library and Publications staff, a version of that database, with records for 1252 microfilm and 1221 manuscripts, is now available on the D.O. website: 

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Apologies for last week when this announcement was sent without the deadline:

The Komnenian Empire: La Belle Époque Finale de Rome?

The Komnenian period is undoubtedly a crucial turning point for the medieval Roman Empire, the age in which the rise of Latin Christendom brought the antique Empire’s two Christian children into closer contact than they had been for half a millennium. This is the last period when the Empire can truly be considered a ‘superpower’, with the Rhomaioi campaigning in the Balkans, Anatolia, Italy, Syria, and Egypt, and vast Crusader armies crossing the Empire itself. Constantinople was visited by a king of Jerusalem and a sultan of ‘Rum’, with both doing the emperor homage there. Imperial coinage retained its place as the Mediterranean standard, having been reformed by Alexios I. There were religious controversies, both with the Latins, and within the imperial Church. Moreover, it was an era which produced some of the greatest historiographers of the Byzantine millennium, as well as a vast amount of other literature in the so-called Komnenian Renaissance.

Yet how are we to characterise the Komnenian achievement, as a successful recovery from the eleventh-century crisis, or as only a temporary solution which in some ways itself contributed to the decline of c.1180-1204? What might even be the criteria and methodologies upon which such a question would rest? This session will address these issues. We warmly invite postgraduates in at least their second year of study, and both early-career and established researchers, to submit an abstract of 250 words by the 15th of September.


Some suggested topics might be:

·         The Komnenian army.

·         The Komnenoi, the aristocracy, and imperial authority.

·         Coinage and the economy.

·         Reconquest in Asia Minor and the Anatolian Turkish polities.

·         The ‘Komnenian Renaissance’

·         Government and administration.

·         Basileia ton Rhomaion and Imperium Romanorum: the ‘Greek’ and ‘German’ Empires.

·         ‘Rise and Fall of Empire’: a useful historical construct or a misleading narrative?

Fifth Dorushe Graduate Student Conference on Syriac Studies

Please find here a flyer containing the Call for Paper for the 5th Dorushe Graduate Student Conference on Syriac Studies, to be held at Duke University on March 28-29, 2014

The Department of Religion at Duke University and Dorushe invite proposals for the 5th Dorushe Graduate Student Conference on Syriac Studies, which will be held at Duke University (Durham, NC) onMarch 28-29, 2014. 

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The College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences with 10,000 students and 750 faculty members is the largest of the University of Virginia’s 11 schools and is the institution’s intellectual core. Our mission is to equip our students with the ability and desire to make a difference in the world and inspire others to do the same. We aspire to be a leader in research and graduate education while maintaining our long-standing reputation for excellence in undergraduate education and exceptional teaching.

The College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position, which is supported by the Andrew W Mellon Foundation. The focus of this hire will be in the area of comparative cultures and contested cultural space in the late-Byzantine world, 11th-15th centuries CE. The geo-cultural terrain of this hire will span the Orthodox Christian world and the Islamic East, from the Balkans to the Urals, from the Black Sea to the Caspian Sea basin. Broad areas of specialization may include:

– multi-cultural intersections (Eastern Orthodox and Islam);
– migration and cultural assimilation (including Slavic, Mongol, and/or Turkish);
– imagined geographies in the late-Byzantine world.

Expertise in digital humanities is preferred. The successful candidate will teach two courses per semester (graduate and undergraduate) in various fields within the candidate’s areas of specialization, and provide service to the University and professional organizations. Candidates must also demonstrate strong potential to interact productively across traditional disciplinary boundaries. The incumbent may hold a joint appointment in two departments, which may include, but are not limited to, Slavic, Art, and Religious Studies.

The appointment start date will begin August 25, 2014. Applicants must be on track to receive a Ph.D. in the relevant field by May 2014 and must hold a PhD at the time of appointment.

To apply candidates must submit a Candidate Profile through Jobs@UVa (, search on posting number 0612638 and electronically attach the following: a cover letter of interest describing research agenda and teaching experience, a curriculum vitae, a sample article- or chapter-length scholarship of not more than 10,000 words (Attach to Writing Sample 1). Three letters of recommendation are required. Please have reference letter writers email letters directly to Review of applications will begin November 15, 2013 and priority will be given to applications received by that date.

Please direct questions about the position to Edith W. Clowes, Chair, Late Byzantine World Search Committee,

Questions regarding the online application process in Jobs@UVa should be directed to:

Anne Zook
(434) 924-6683

The University will perform background checks on all new faculty hires prior to making a final offer of employment.

The University of Notre Dame is initiating a program in Byzantine Studies.  To that end, the University plans to make two appointments in fall of 2014, one in Byzantine history and the other in Byzantine theology.  Period and area of specialization are open for both positions.  The appointments are anticipated at the junior level, although beginning associate professors are also encouraged to apply.  The University particularly seeks candidates who demonstrate excellence in both teaching and scholarship. For the history position, send letter of application, cv, and three letters of reference to Professor Patrick Griffin, Chair, Department of History, 219 O’Shaughnessy Hall, University of Notre Dame, 46556. For the theology position, send letter of application, cv, and three letters of reference to Professor Matthew Ashley, Chair, Department of Theology,  130 Malloy Hall, University of Notre Dame, 46556. Review of applications for both positions, will begin on October 1, 2013.  The University of Notre Dame is an affirmative action employer with a strong commitment to fostering a culturally diverse atmosphere for faculty, staff, and students.  Women, minorities, and those attracted to a university with a Catholic identity are encouraged to apply.  Information about Notre Dame is available at and information about the departments is available at and
University of Wisconsin-Madison, Institute for Research in the Humanities
Robert M. Kingdon Fellowship in Judeo-Christian Religious Studies

Through a generous bequest from Robert M. Kingdon, a distinguished historian of early modern Europe, the Institute offers 1-2 external, academic-year Kingdon Fellowship(s) to scholars outside the University of Wisconsin-Madison working in historical, literary, and philosophical studies of the Judeo-Christian religious tradition and its role in society from antiquity to the present. Projects may focus on any period from antiquity to the present, on any part of the world, and in any field(s) in the humanities; can range widely or focus on a particular issue; and can explore various forms of Jewish and/or Christian traditions; the interaction of one or both of these religious traditions with other religious traditions; and/or the relationship of one or both of these religious traditions to other aspects of society such as power, politics, culture, experience, and creativity.

Fellows are expected to be in residence throughout the academic year (except for short research trips, lectures, conferences, etc.) and may extend their residency through the following summer on a non-stipendary basis. The award provides a stipend of $50,000, office space, support services, and access to all university facilities.

Application deadline is November 15, 2013.

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