The Byzness

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The Byzness, 24
th of November, 2013

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1. NEWS & 
A conference entitled ‘Reinventing Procopius: New Readings on Late Antique Historiography’ will be taking place on the 17th-18th of January in Corpus Christi College, Oxford. For more details please see here.
We are pleased to announce ATTEMT, a two-day workshop on interdisciplinary approaches to the edition of classical or medieval texts with multilingual traditions. It is the aim of the workshop to bring together scholars from various fields to exchange thoughts on the challenges, the perspectives and the limitations of doing in-depth research – alone or in an interdisciplinary team – into related textual traditions.

This event, organised within the framework of the ERC funded research project DEBIDEM at the Centre of Hellenic Studies and the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at King’s College London and co-funded by the Greek Studies Department at KULeuven, will take place on 19-20 December 2013 at King’s College, London.

The workshop is free and open to all. However, due to a limited number of places, registration is required. Register by sending an email to Olga Grinchenko: For more information on the programme and the practicalities, see the flyer

or visit our websites.


2014 Byzantine Greek Summer School 
July 7 to August 1, 2014

Dumbarton Oaks will again offer an intensive four-week course in medieval Greek and
paleography in the summer of 2014. Approximately ten places will be available, with priority going to students without ready access to similar courses at local or regional institutions. For more information about course offerings, admissions, application procedures, and accomodations and costs, please visit our website.

The relevant webpage is:


The Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture is pleased to announce the first talk in its 2013-2014 lecture series. On December 3, 2013, at 4pm, Dr. Eurydice Georganteli (Harvard University) will present “Changing Landscapes: Urban Space and Economic Life in Saint Paul’s Balkan Stops, 4th–7th Centuries.” Focusing on the sites St. Paul visited on the Balkan peninsula in 49 or 50 AD, Dr. Georganteli will trace the dramatic religious, political, and economic changes that occurred in the region across four centuries. Please join us afterward for wine and refreshments.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013, 4:00–5:30 pm
The Archbishop Iakovos Library, Reading Room
Hellenic College Holy Cross
50 Goddard Avenue
Brookline, MA 02445

For those traveling by T, shuttles will run between the Brookline Village T stop and HCHC. HCHC vans will leave the Brookline Village T stop at 3:15 and 3:40. Shuttles will run between campus and the Brookline Village T stop following the reception.

Please contact Brandie Ratliff (, Director, Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture with any questions.

The Mediterranean City: Connectivity

The final of three workshops jointly organised by SSMLL and the British School at Rome Saturday, will be on the 23rd November, 2013, Colin Matthew Room, History Faculty, Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 2RL. Please find the provisional program here.

King’s College London
Saturday 30th November 2013
The relationship between word and image is at once an ancient and a contemporary issue. Over the centuries, both words and images have been delivered in different ways, each of them an innovation, from alphabetic writing to YouTube, opening up new routes for communication. The continuous existence of the Greek language means that there has been a continuing debate over these issues for many centuries. The aim of our Dialogue, therefore, is to explore the interaction between words and images from Greek antiquity to the global world of today. Which is more powerful – the Word, the Image or something which encapsulates the tension between the two, the Logo?
Please find the schedule here.

8. Uluslararası AnaMed Yıllık Sempozyumu, 30.11 – 01.12 2013 tarihlerinde gerçekleştirilecektir.

Konut Palimpsesti: Roma, Geç Antik, Bizans ve Erken İslam Dönemlerinde Yaşam Kalıplarını Yeniden Değerlendirmek”

Programa linkten ulaşabilrsiniz:


The 8th International Annual Symposium of the Koç University, Research Center for Anatolian Studies (RCAC) will take place on November 30-December 1, 2014. This year’s symposium is entitled : The Palimpsest of the House. Re-assessing Roman, Late Antique, Byzantine and Early Islamic Living Patterns
The program can be found at the following link

25-29.11.2013 : Byzanz und das Abendland, II / Byzance et l’Occident, II (Budapest, Eotvos-Jozsef-Collegium). –


With encouragement from scholars elsewhere, the University of York is establishing a Centre for Pilgrimage Studies, with the aim of strengthening communication and collaboration between the growing numbers of researchers, networks of scholars, and pilgrim organizations around the world. Its initial goals are to provide greater access to pilgrimage-related research and resources through a growing online database, to publicize conferences and other events, and to encourage the development of new collaborative research projects. The URL of the new Centre for Pilgrimage Studies website:  and all are encouraged to become members of the Centre, upload publications and projects into the online database in order to help others learn about your work and activities, and post news of conferences, workshops etc.

Ashgate Studies in Pilgrimage
Once relatively neglected, pilgrimage has become an increasingly prominent topic of study over the last few decades. Its study is inevitably inter-disciplinary, and extends across a growing range of scholarly fields, including religion, anthropology, geography, history, literary studies, art history, archaeology, sociology, heritage and tourism studies. This process shows no sign of abating—indeed, it looks set to continue to expand. This series seeks to place itself at the forefront of these conversations. Books will cover exciting new work from both established and emerging scholars. They will encompass themes as diverse as pilgrimage within national and post-national frames, pilgrimage-writing, materialities of pilgrimage, digi-pilgrimage and secular pilgrimage.
The Series Editors are Simon Coleman, University of Toronto, Dee Dyas, University of York, UK, John Eade, University of Roehampton, UK and University College London, UK and Jas’ Elsner, University of Oxford, UK and University of Chicago).
Single- (or jointly-) authored books as well as edited volumes will be considered. Authors will work closely with the Editorial Board in the preparation and production of texts which should set the intellectual agenda for the future study of pilgrimage.
Book proposals are invited for student/wider readership paperback texts, research monographs and edited collections, if they fit within the series profile. Please send your initial book proposals to either the Publisher or the Series Editor:
Publisher: Sarah Lloyd, Ashgate Publishing, Wey Court East, Union Road, Farnham, Surrey, GU9 7PT, UK,
Series Editor: Simon Coleman, University of Toronto, Department for the Study of Religion, Room 333 Jackman Humanities Building, 170 St George Street, Toronto ON M5R 2M8, Canada
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The deadline is this Friday for the Oxford University Byzantine Society’s XVI International Graduate Conference, ‘The City and the cities: From Constantinople to the Frontier’. Please find the details here. The advertising poster and call for papers are available for download and circulation.
The 47th Spring Symposium of Byzantine Studies: The Emperor in the Byzantine World
Cardiff University, 25-27 April, 2014
In Byzantine Studies it is a strange fact that there exists no equivalent to Fergus Millar’s The Emperor in the Roman World, despite the centrality of the ruler in the Byzantine world. This oddity is compounded by the recent publication of a plethora of books devoted to Byzantine empresses. This Symposium (the first Spring Symposium of Byzantine Studies to be held in Wales) seeks to address this oddity, placing the Byzantine emperor centre stage as both ruler and man. The Symposium will consist of five main sessions, of three papers each, addressing the following themes: Dynasty; Imperial Literature; The Imperial Court; Imperial Duties; and The Material Emperor. In addition there will be a series of communications, as well as a public lecture on Byzantium and Wales. 
Call for Communications 
Academics, research students, and other members of the scholarly community are invited to offer communications (short ten-minute papers). Abstracts (of no more than 250 words) of proposed communications should be sent to by 13 January 2014 at the latest.
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) on March 28-29, 2014.

We welcome graduate student proposals for papers in all subjects, disciplines, and methodologies related to Syriac studies. In order to promote and diversify interaction at the conference, we are inviting proposals in two different categories:
(a) 20-minute conference papers
(b) 8- to 15-page dissertation interim reports.
The latter will be circulated in advance to prepare for discussion at the conference.

Proposals for either kind of paper should be emailed by November 30 to For more details please see here, or visit here.

Conference fee: USD 25
‘Assessing Pilgrimage Studies Today’
July 5-6, 2014, Humanities Research Centre, University of York
A two day interdisciplinary symposium on Pilgrimage Studies will be held at York in July 2014 (this follows two one day conferences organised in London and York by John Eade and Dee Dyas in 2012). The aim of the symposium is to review the breadth of work currently underway in the area of Pilgrimage Studies, to promote conversations and future projects across a wide range of disciplines and periods, and to continue to build a network which brings together scholars and practitioners.
Registration will be free and lunch, tea, coffee etc. will be provided but places will be limited. Proposals for 20 minute papers or for themed panel discussions (90 minute sessions) are invited from all relevant disciplines (including Anthropology, History, Sociology, Theology, Religious Studies, Geography, Literature, Archaeology, Art History, Tourism Studies, Museum Studies) and should be sent to Dee Dyas (
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The Sherry L. Reames Graduate Student Travel Award for Hagiographical Studies

The Hagiography Society is pleased to announce the Sherry L. Reames Graduate Student Travel Award for Hagiographical Studies. Named in honor of the beloved founder and long-time leader of the Society, the award provides $300 to be used toward travel to present at the International Congress on Medieval Studies, held annually at the University of Western Michigan in Kalamazoo, MI.


Students enrolled in a graduate program (anywhere in the world) whose paper has been accepted for inclusion in the program of the International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, MI, are eligible to apply.


Please submit the following documents, combined in a single .PDF file, by December 15 to the Secretary / Treasurer of the Hagiography Society (Amy Ogden, :

   –  a current curriculum vitæ

   – the abstract for the accepted paper, identifying the panel on which it will be presented

   –  a cover letter, addressing the following questions:

        How does this paper fit into your scholarly trajectory?

        Have you presented at a scholarly conference before?

        Have you received other funding for travel (this paper or others)?

Successful applicants will be informed of the results by January 15.

The Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation announces the twentieth (20th) annual Programme of Research Grants and Educational Scholarships starting on October 1st 2014, which is addressed to non-Greeks, University Professors of all levels (Ph.D. holders), postdoctoral researchers (Ph.D. holders), artists, post-graduate students and Ph.D candidates. For full details see here. We look forward to your cooperation in bringing the foregoing to the attention of those interested, to apply to us no later than January 31, 2014.


The University of Cincinnati Classics Department is pleased to announce the Margo Tytus Summer Residency Program.

Summer Residents, in the fields of philology, history and archaeology  will come to Cincinnati for a  minimum of one month and a maximum of three  during the summer.

Applicants must have the Ph.D. in hand at the time of application.

Apart from residence in Cincinnati during term, the only obligation of Summer Residents is to pursue their own research.

They will receive  free university housing. They will also receive office space and enjoy the use of the University of Cincinnati and Hebrew Union College Libraries.A description of the Tytus Summer Residency Program and an application form is available online at   Questions can be directed to Prof. Getzel M. Cohen (

Application Deadline:  February 15


The American Research Center in Sofia invites applications for its 2014 Gipson Dissertation Award, whereby an outstanding Bulgarian doctoral dissertation will be translated into English and published for an international audience. Generously financed by the Tianaderrah Foundation (Nellie and Robert Gipson), the theme of the 2014 competition is Architecture and Urban Studies in Bulgaria and the Balkans. Chronologically, the study may fall anywhere between Antiquity and World War II.

The competition is open to Bulgarian scholars who defended their doctoral dissertation at any of the accredited universities or institutes in Bulgaria between 2004 and 2013 and currently reside in Bulgaria. The applications will be judged by an international jury of experts. The author of the winning dissertation will be expected to submit a revised version, which takes into account the recommendations of the jury.


All application materials must be in English and emailed to the ARCS Gipson Award Committee at<> The application deadline for this competition is December 21, 2013.

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