The Byzness

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OXFORD UNIVERSITY BYZANTINE SOCIETY
The Byzness, 13th of October, 2013

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1. NEWS & EVENTS

2. CALL FOR PAPERS
3. JOB OPPORTUNITIES & FELLOWSHIPS
 
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1. NEWS & EVENTS
 
We keep in our thoughts David Winfield, who died on Saturday 28 September on the island of Mull, where he is buried. He is well known to the Byzantine community for his restoration work, first at Hagia Sophia in Trebizond, and then for Dumbarton Oaks in various campaigns of the 1960s and 1970s in Cyprus. With his wife June he worked with Ernest Hawkins at St John Chrysostomos at Koutsovendis, at the Enkleistra of St Neophytos, and the Panagia Phorbiotissa at Asinou, then as director of the work at the Panagia tou Arakos at Lagoudera and the churches of the Panagia Amasgou and St George in Monagri 1970-1974. He returned to England to a Visiting Fellowship at All Souls, restoration work at Canterbury Cathedral, and then a position as Chief Conservator with the National Trust. Dumbarton Oaks published not only his influential “Middle and Later Byzantine Wall Painting Methods,” DOP 22 (1968): 63-139, the monograph (with June Winfield), The Church of the Panagia tou Arakos at Lagoudhera, Cyprus (2003), and his chapter  on the painting of St George in the narthex at Asinou in Asinou across Time: Studies in the Architecture and Murals of the Panagia Phorbiotissa, Cyprus (2013) but also his two-volume study with Anthony Bryer, The Byzantine Monuments and Topography of the Pontos (1985). David’s modesty, kindness and hospitality were enjoyed by his many friends whether at Lagoudera, Crick Rd in Oxford, or on Mull.
 
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We regret to inform you that due to the government shutdown and the resulting delay in the opening of the Heaven and Earth exhibition, we cancel the Dumbarton Oaks Museum portion of the Study Day on Saturday, October 19, 2013. We thank you for your understanding and hope that we will be able to reschedule the event in the near future.

With best wishes,
Gudrun Buehl

Curator and Museum Director
Dumbarton Oaks

 
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The 31st All Saints’ Lecture at Brixworth Church, Northants will be held on Saturday 2nd November at 5pm. The speaker this year is Prof. Leslie Brubaker, professor of Byzantine Art at the University of Birmingham, who will talk on ‘Brixworth and Byzantium’. All are welcome. 
 
Details of the 2013 lecture are here (with information about past lectures and how to order them).
 
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Please find here the program for the Byzantine Studies conference at Yale, 31st of October to the 3rd of November.
 
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2. CALL FOR PAPERS

The Annual Conference of Mediterranean and Levantine Cultural History​
in the Byzantine, Medieval and Renaissance Periods
and their legacies in art, culture, history, literature and more.

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2nd Annual Conference 9-12 April 2014​

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Organised by the Cornaro Institute, Larnaca,
in association with the University of Sheffield School of English
About the Conference:

 

Following its successful launch in 2013 the new annual conference to explore the Medieval and Renaissance cultural history of the Mediterranean and Levant, Othello’s Island, returns in 2014.

Cyprus is a particularly appropriate location for the study of the Mediterranean and Levant during this period, as it was a time when the island what was arguably the zenith of its civilization and international influence. Under almost 400 years of French and Italian rule, Cyprus developed a unique courtly culture and trade links that extended throughout Europe, the Eastern and Western Mediterranean and the Near East. This had an immediate impact, but the legacy of this period lived on after the fall of Venetian Cyprus to the Turks in 1571, in literature and even muscial forms such as opera.

Yet Cyprus is only one element of the Mediterranean and Levant of interest and the remit of the conference extends to the whole of the Mediterranean, Levant and North African region, and not simply Cyprus. Therefore papers dealing with topics relevant to the period from the wider Mediterranean and Levantine region are also welcome.

This multi-disciplinary conference aims to bring together academics, researchers and research students covering a wide range of topics, including art historians, social and economic historians, museum curators, archaeologists, literary historians and others, convering not only the Western Christian Mediterranean world, but also Byzantine culture, Muslim and other societies relevant to the region. We would also welcome suggestions from individuals or groups for parallel strands and semi-autonomous conferences which might share some of the plenary sessions and social elements of the event. For example, a strand dealing specifically with Shakespeare and the Mediterranean might be big enough to require its own semi-autonomous event alongside the one we are organising.

 

FIRST CALL FOR PAPERS

If you are interested in giving a talk at the conference please submit a proposal for a paper. Standard papers are up to 30 minutes long.

We are very open minded on the topic of papers, so if you have an idea for a presentation that is not covered by the suggestions given here please feel free to submit a proposal, or contact us first to discuss the idea.

Proposals for papers should comprise a cover sheet showing:

1. Your title (eg. Mr, Ms, Dr, Prof. etc.) and full name
2. Your institutional affiliation (if any)
3. Your postal address, e’mail address and telephone number
4. The title of your proposed paper

With this you should send a proposal/abstract for your paper of no more than 300 words and a copy of your CV/resume to michael@artcyprus.org with the subject line OTHELLO 2014.

All papers must be delivered in English.

 

The deadline for submissions is 31 October 2013
 
Further details www.artcyprus.org
 
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3. JOB OPPORTUNITIES & FELLOWSHIPS
 
Assistant Professor, Tenure Track. Early Medieval, Byzantine, or Islamic art
The University of Kansas
 
The Kress Foundation Department of Art History at the University of Kansas seeks a tenure-track Assistant Professor specializing in the history of the visual arts of the Middle Ages with strength in early Medieval, Byzantine, or Islamic art, to begin as early as August 18, 2014. Please see here for more details.
 
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The Department of History of the University of Alabama invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in Late Antique or Early Medieval history. The successful candidate will be expected to teach the first half of the department’s Western Civilization survey, as well as upper-level and graduate courses in his/her area of specialty. The Department and University emphasize excellence in teaching as well as scholarship. Normal teaching load is two courses per semester. Ph.D. must be in hand by time of appointment. To apply, go to http://facultyjobs.ua.edu and complete the online application. Attach a letter of application, c.v., and writing sample (article or chapter). Please arrange to have three letters of recommendation sent to James Mixson, Chair, Late Antique/Early Medieval Search Committee, Department of History, University of Alabama, Box 870212, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0212. Please direct any inquiries to jmixson@ua.edu. Review of applications will begin on November 15 and continue until the position is filled. The University of Alabama, the flagship university of the state of Alabama, is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, and actively seeks diversity among its employees.
 
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The French School of Rome is calling for applicants to be a resident scholar. Please see here for more details.
 
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Announcing a Joint Fellowship with Villa I Tatti – The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies (VIT, in Florence)

Villla I Tatti – The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies (VIT, in Florence) and the Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations of Koç University (RCAC, in Istanbul) offer a joint, one-year fellowship. Scholars will spend the Fall semester at one center, and the Spring semester at the other. Please see here for more details.

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