The Byzness

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The Byzness, 5th of January, 2014
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Dear All,

This news does seem to confirm that a balanced representation of heritage might be hard to achieve in the recently converted Hagia Sophia/s.

Anthony Eastmond


Heaven and Earth: Greece’s Byzantium

May 1-3, 2014
Getty Villa in Malibu & UCLA in the Byzantine-Latino Quarter, Los Angeles

This symposium will bring together an internationally renowned group of scholars who will lecture at the Getty Villa, UCLA, and the Huffington Center at St. Sophia Cathedral. Focusing on Byzantine remains in Greece, this symposium foregrounds the important role of this region throughout late antiquity, the Middle Ages, and the Early Modern period. Sessions will focus on Byzantium’s roots in antiquity, issues of daily life, interactions with the Islamic world and with Italy, the meaning of icons, monumental art in Mystras and its periphery, and recent archaeological finds in Greece. The symposium will conclude with a film and discussion about traditional village life in Greece.

Speakers include Robert S. Nelson, Henry Maguire, Jas’ Elsner, Anthony Kaldellis, Elizabeth Marlowe, Ioli Kalavrezou, Maria Parani, Demetra Bakirtzi, Father Maximos Constas, Annemarie Weyl Carr, Alicia Walker, Maria Georgopoulou, Anastasia Drandaki, Michalis Kappas, Sean Roberts, Patricia Fortini Brown, Eugenia Gerousi, Sharon Gerstel and Barbara Drucker.

Registration information will appear shortly on the Getty website. For questions about hotels and logistics, email Sharon Gerstel (

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Please find here the call for papers for the University of Cyprus’ international conference on the art and archaeology of Lusignan and Venetian Cyprus, taking place in Nicosia on the 12-14 December 2014; the submission deadline is the 30th of April.

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Call for Applications: ARISC Graduate Fellowship
***Deadline extended to Friday, January 17, 2014***

The American Research Institute of the South Caucasus (ARISC) announces the availability of US graduate fellowships in support of research in the South Caucasus (Armenia, Georgia, and/or Azerbaijan). Awards will
be made for a maximum of $1500 each. Projects in all fields in the social sciences, humanities and related sciences are eligible. Proposals will be judged on their quality and on the potential of the research to
strengthen scholarship on the South Caucasus. The purpose of the fellowship is to help cover travel and/or living expenses in the South Caucasus. During his/her stay in the South Caucasus, the fellow is
expected to give an ARISC-sponsored presentation on a subject related to his/her research. The fellow will acknowledge ARISC in any publication that emerges from the research carried out during the fellowship.

Application requirements: Please send a complete application including the application form, a project statement of not more than 3 pages, work schedule, budget, and curriculum vitae, by Friday, January 17, 2014, to Two letters of recommendation must also be submitted. All information must be received by Friday, January 17, 2014, in order for the applicant to be considered for the fellowship, as well as in any
presentations of the research results.

Please see > Opportunities > ARISC Grants and Fellowships for the full description of the fellowship as well as the application form.

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