The Byzness

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The Byzness, 23rd of December, 2013

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The Society for the Promotion of Byzantine Studies announces that its new website is now live, please have a look!
We are announcing a brand-new journal, Estudios bizantinos. It is an open-access digital journal published by the Universidad de Barcelona and the Sociedad española de Bizantinística. Please find more details here.
Inmaculada Perez
Reinventing Procopius: New Readings on Late Antique Historiography
17-18 January 2014
Al-Jaber Auditorium
Corpus Christi College, Oxford OX1 4JF
For the full list of papers please find the schedule here. Further information is also available at:
Those wishing to attend are requested to register their interest (ideally by 14 January) by contacting the organisers at:
Registration (including sandwich lunch, coffee/tea and drinks on both days): £20 (£15 for students).
Please find here the flyer for Sharon Gerstel’s lecture, “Witnessing Byzantium: The Greek Perspective,” at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, January 16, 2014.
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The students of the Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies at the University of Birmingham are proud to announce the 15th Annual Postgraduate Colloquium, which will take place on Saturday, 24th May 2014. The title is ‘’Language as Culture in the Eastern Mediterranean (330-2013)’’
Keynote speaker: Dr Maria Georgopoulou,
(Director of the Gennadius Library, The American School of Classical Studies at Athens)
The colloquium will bring postgraduate students together to discuss the significance of language in the eastern Mediterranean from Late Antiquity to the Modern Age. Beginning with the observation that all studies are routinely possessed by language, it is important to understand the relationship between language and culture. A major goal is to examine the role of culture in linguistic meaning, language use and, conversely, the role of linguistic form and culture in social action and in cultural practices. Language is a key to understanding the social, symbolic and expressive lives of members of society.
How, we will ask, can we learn more about language, and, what can we say about language in the Mediterranean basin?
Studies of ritual and performance, of patronage and status often draw on linguistic evidence to talk about various forms of cultural production: attesting to the crucial and hitherto unacknowledged role of language in the creation of cultural subjectivities. Language as a term should not be limited to literary forms, as verbal products, but may be extended to encompass a broader range of visual narratives, including, potentially, painting, architecture and other kinds of material culture. We are interested in the production, interpretation and reproduction of social meanings, as expressed and accrued through language and in exploring the relation to culture and society.
We invite proposals for 20-minute papers in all fields of Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies. Topics may include but are not limited to:
•   Language ideology
•   Ideological context of architecture
•   Visual culture
•   Literacy and education
•   Literary analysis
•   Multicultural communities
•   Objects and words as symbols of identity
•   Representation, power and social status
•   Theories and practices of image-making
•   Ideas about communication or trade
•   Perceptions and sounds of speech
•   Cultural history of texts
Please send an abstract of no more than 250 words to George Makris at by Monday, 24th March 2014.
Registration is free but unfortunately we cannot cover travel expenses. Please find the advertising poster here.
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The Seeger Center for Hellenic Studies at Princeton University invites applications for a limited number of Stanley J. Seeger Visiting Research Fellowships in Hellenic Studies for scholars in humanities, writers, or artists from Greece and other overseas countries (i.e., not the United States or Canada) who wish to spend time in residence at Princeton pursuing independent research projects, free of teaching and other obligations.  Posting details can be found here.
The University of Uppsala is advertising a PhD position in Ancient or Byzantine Greek, for more details please see here.
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