The Byzness

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The Byzness, 20th of January, 2014
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The Image Collections and Fieldwork Archives (ICFA) at Dumbarton Oaks presents a new online exhibit entitled A Truthful Record: The Byzantine Institute Films This exhibit aims to reveal the context of the films created by the Byzantine Institute between the 1930s and 1940s by combining them with archival records from the collection The Byzantine Institute and Dumbarton Oaks Fieldwork Records and Papers.

A Truthful Record features thirteen motion picture films from the Byzantine Institute, which are stored and preserved at ICFA: one of the Red Sea Monasteries in Egypt, eleven of the Hagia Sophia, and one of the Kariye Camii, both in Istanbul, Turkey. The color films created by the Byzantine Institute’s photographer Pierre Iskender provide significant testimony of the mosaics at Hagia Sophia and Kariye Camii and the techniques employed to uncover and conserve them. When combined with notebook entries written by Byzantine Institute fieldworkers such as Ernest Hawkins and the brothers Richard and William Gregory, the history of the films’ creation truly comes alive. Thomas Whittemore, who founded the Byzantine Institute in 1930, made wide use of the moving images, screening them for donors and patrons (such as Robert Woods and Mildred Bliss), the Byzantine scholarly community, and an interested general audience in the United States and Europe. The exhibit is divided into three sections that investigate how the films were made and how they were received by contemporary audiences: Style and ContentTechnique, and Purpose and Reception. You can also explore the archival materials chronologically using a detailed Timeline.

This online exhibit was created by Fani Gargova, ICFA Byzantine Research Associate. The ICFA team would like to give special thanks to the Dumbarton Oaks Publications Department for their generous assistance and support throughout this project. For more information about ICFA’s Moving Image Collection, please see our website or Vimeo album.
We invite applications for a 4-day training workshop on digital editing of epigraphic and papyrological texts, to be held in the Institute of Classical Studies, London, April 28-May 1, 2014. The workshop will be taught by Gabriel Bodard (KCL), Simona Stoyanova (Leipzig) and Charlotte Tupman (KCL). There will be no charge for the teaching, but participants will have to arrange their own travel and accommodation.

EpiDoc ( is a set of guidelines for using TEI XML ( for the encoding of inscriptions, papyri and other ancient documentary texts. It has been used to publish digital projects including the Inscriptions of Aphrodisias, the US Epigraphy Project, Vindolanda Tablets Online and the Duke Databank of Documentary Papyri. The workshop will introduce participants to the basics of XML markup and give hands-on experience of tagging textual features and object descriptions in TEI, as well as use of the tags-free Papyrological Editor (

No technical skills are required, but a working knowledge of Greek or Latin, epigraphy or papyrology and the Leiden Conventions will be assumed. The workshop is open to participants of all levels, from graduate students to professors or professionals.

To apply for a place on this workshop please email with a brief description of your reason for interest and summarising your relevant skills and background, by Friday, February 21st, 2014.



SAIMS invites entries for its annual Essay Competition, submitted according to the following rules:

1. The competition is open to all medievalists who are graduate students or have completed a higher degree

within the last three years. For PhD students the time period of three years begins from the date of the

successful viva, but excludes any career break. Any candidate in doubt of their eligibility should contact the

Director of SAIMS at

2. A candidate may make only one submission to the competition.

3. The submission must be the candidate’s own work, based on original research, and must not have been

previously published or accepted for publication.

4. Submissions are welcomed on any topic that falls within the scope of medieval studies.

5. The submission should be in the English language.

6. The word limit is 8,000 words, including notes, bibliography, and any appendices.

7. The text should be double-spaced, and be accompanied by footnotes with short referencing and a full

bibliography of works cited, following the guidelines on the TMJ webpage: http://www.standrews. An abstract of 200 words should preface the main text.

8. The deadline for submissions is 31 March 2014.

9. The essay must be submitted electronically to, in both Word and pdf formats,

to arrive by the deadline.

10. The submission must be accompanied by a completed cover sheet and signed declaration; the template for

this is available at The candidate’s name should not appear on the

submission itself, nor be indicated in any form in the notes.

11. Decisions concerning the Competition lie with the Editors and Editorial Board of The Mediaeval Journal,

who can, if they consider there to have been appropriate submissions, award an Essay Prize and in addition

declare a proxime accessit. In the unlikely event that, in the judges’ opinion, the material submitted is not of a

suitable standard, no prize will be awarded.

12. The value of the Prize is £500.

13. A candidate whose entry is declared proxime accessit will be awarded £100.

14. In addition to the Prize, the winning submission will be published within twelve months in The Mediaeval Journal, subject to the usual editorial procedures of the journal.

Any queries concerning these rules may be directed to the Director of SAIMS who can be contacted at:

Department of Mediaeval History, 71 South Street, St Andrews, Fife KY16 9QW




Anyone who has worked on any aspect of Byzantine studies in Paris would immediately realize that it will be much harder to work there if the announced move from the rue cardinal Lemoine to Aubervilliers takes place. 


Many thanks,



Maria Mavroudi


Departments of History and Classics

3229 Dwinelle Hall

Berkeley CA 94720-2550



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—–Original Message—–

From: BINGGELI André []

Sent: mercoledì 15 gennaio 2014 13.30

To: Andre Binggeli

Subject: Pétition contre le déménagement des sections grecque et arabe de



Chers collègues, chers lecteurs, chers usagers de l’IRHT,


Je me permets d’attirer votre attention sur la pétition suivante qui

concerne directement l’avenir des sections grecque et arabe de l’IRHT

sur leur site actuel :


Si cette pétition ne vous laisse pas indifférents et que vous appréciez

les conditions de travail qu’offre la configuration actuelle, je vous

engage à signer la pétition.


Merci de votre soutien,


André Binggeli




The CEU Summer University announces the course (see here):











Please find here the poster announcing the symposium “Christians and Muslims: Early Encounters,” to be held at Brown University on Sunday, February 23, 2014.  We would be delighted to see Byzantinists at this event!





Susan Ashbrook Harvey

Royce Family Professor of Teaching Excellence

Willard Prescott and Annie McClelland Smith Professor

       and Chair, Dept. of Religious Studies


Brown University


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This is the call for papers for the 15th Postgraduate Colloquium of the Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman & Modern Greek Studies, which will take place on May 24th 2014. Please note that this event is an excellent opportunity for research students in Late Antique, Byzantine or Modern Greek Studies to present their current research to an international academic audience at Birmingham. The keynote speaker will be Dr Maria Georgopoulou, Director of the Gennadius Library (American School of Classical Studies at Athens).
University of Cyprus, 16-18 October 2014

Miracles and Wonders in Antiquity and Byzantium

Tales of miracle and wonder decorate both ancient and Byzantine literature and seem to have had a great impact upon ancient and Byzantine thought. A strong interest in the wondrous is already apparent in the works of Homer and Hesiod. However, a more organized recording of marvels is detected much later, in Herodotus’s time, when marvelous stories and travel accounts of exotic places and peoples are increasingly produced. From the era of Alexander and onwards such stories are recruited by historians and rhetors in an attempt to apotheose the ideal ruler. Between the third century BC and the third century AD, the genre of paradoxography,
collections of stories relating strange events and phenomena, achieves great popularity, and influences another new genre, the Hellenistic novel. At about the same time, a number of stories circulate that relate the miraculous healings of suffering people who practice incubation in Asclepian temples. Later the practice of incubation is taken over by Christian pilgrims who are cured by saints. Miraculous healings and
other types of miracles that are associated with a particular Christian shrine become the material of a new genre, the miracle collection which is cultivated throughout the Byzantine era. Miracle stories are included in all Byzantine hagiographical genres, since they constitute the strongest sign of holiness. Miracles and wonders are also found in profane Byzantine genres, such as chronicles and romances. Despite the fact
that marvel literature enjoyed such a high popularity in antiquity and Byzantium, it has been mostly dismissed by modern scholars as debased, boring and even unintelligible, an attitude that has condemned this literature to obscurity.

The conference’s main aims are to bring to light miracle and wonder literature and to open up new avenues of approach. Topics of exploration may include:
• Literary Theoretical Approaches
• Cultural Studies
• Psychological Approaches
• Comparative Literary Studies
• Linguistics

Specialists are invited to submit a thirty-minute paper in English on a relevant topic. Due to budgetary constraints, the organizers cannot cover the speakers’ travel and hotel costs. There is no registration fee for participation or attendance. Prospective speakers are asked to submit by 30 April 2014 a title and a 400-word abstract to Stavroula Constantinou ( and Maria Gerolemou (

Naxos and the Byzantine Aegean
Saturday 12th – Sunday 13th April 2014, Naxos Chora

The Norwegian Institute at Athens has carried out field work on Naxos at the 7th century Byzantine urban fortress of Kastro Apalirou in collaboration with The 2nd Ephoria of Byzantine Antiquities since 2010. The project has recently been widened to include the Universities of Edinburgh and Newcastle. A conference is being arranged to bring together scholars who have worked on Naxos and other Byzantine sites in the Aegean

The conference focus will be Byzantine research on Naxos, though some aspects of Late Antique settlement will be included. Research from other insular sites with relevance to Naxos will also be presented. The following research areas will be covered: Archaeology, History, Landscape History, Ecclesiastical History, and Iconographic and Architectural development.

The meeting will be held at the Ursuline School, Chora, Naxos Island, on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th April with an optional excursion on the 14th. A preliminary programme will be published shortly.


There are several confirmed speakers, and we welcome other potential speakers who have relevant work to contact the organizers with an abstract of their proposed communication.

For academic program:
For organizational matters:
For matters concerning arrangements on Naxos:

Gender and Transgression in the Middle Ages, 5-7 June 2014
We are pleased to announce the call for papers for Gender and Transgression in the Middle Ages 2014, an interdisciplinary conference hosted by the University of St Andrews Institute of Mediaeval Studies (SAIMS). Entering into its sixth year, this conference welcomes participation from postgraduate, postdoctoral and early career researchers interested in one or both of our focal themes of gender studies or more general ideas of transgression in the mediaeval period. This year’s conference will have a keynote lecture by Dr Dion Smythe of the Queen’s University Belfast as well as an optional workshop focused on Interdisciplinary Approaches to Mediaeval Transgression.
We invite proposals for papers of approximately 20 minutes that engage with the themes of gender and/or transgression from various disciplinary standpoints, such as historical, linguistic, literary, archaeological, art historical, or others. There will be three set strands of Medieval Law and Literature, Transgression in Byzantium, and Masculinity in the Middle Ages. In addition to these, there will be several other sessions within the broader conference theme. Those wishing to participate should please submit an abstract of approximately 250 words to by 10 February 2014. Please attach your abstract to your email as a Microsoft Word or PDF file and include you name, home institution and stage of your postgraduate or postdoctoral career. Registration for the conference will be £15, which will cover tea, coffee and lunch on two days and two wine receptions. All delegates are also warmly invited to the conference meal on Friday 6 June. Further details can be found at out website, as they become available. Please find the full call for papers here.
Please see here for the Call for Papers for the conference, “The Legacy of French Assumptionists for Byzantine Studies: A Critical Approach,” to be held in Bucharest, September 25-27, 2014. Please note the deadline of March 15, 2014, for the submission of abstracts.
Chers collègues, chers amis,
Nous vous présentons pour 2014 tous nos voeux de bonheur, de santé et de prospérité !
Que les études byzantines soient à l’honneur en cette nouvelle année !
Avec nos salutations les plus cordiales,
L’équipe des VIIes Rencontres byzantines
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The Image Collections and Fieldwork Archives (ICFA) of Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection is currently recruiting interns for the Spring 2014 term:

Archival intern will assist the Archivist and the Byzantine Research Associate with the research and archival processing of the collection “San Marco in Context.”

Cataloging intern will assist the Metadata and Cataloging Specialist with the migration of legacy image metadata for implementation into a new collection management system.

Processing intern will assist the Archivist with the final stages of archival processing for three collections that have been preliminary processed.


For more information about joining the ICFA team, please check: Internship Policies.




Tsakopoulos Hellenic Collection, Library Research Fellowship Program, 2014-2015

Thanks to generous funding from the Elios Society, the University Library at California State University, Sacramento is pleased to announce the third of a three-year Library Research Fellowship Program to support the use of the Tsakopoulos Hellenic Collection by fellows for scholarly research in Hellenic studies while in residence in Sacramento. The Program provides a limited number of fellowships ranging from $500 to $4,000 to help offset transportation and living expenses incurred during the tenure of the awards and is open to external researchers anywhere in the world at the doctoral through senior scholar levels (including independent scholars) working in fields encompassed by the Collection’s strengths who reside outside a 150 mile radius of Sacramento. The term of fellowships can vary between one week and three months, depending on the nature of the research, and for the third year will be tenable from July 1, 2014-June 30, 2015. The fellowship application deadline is February 21, 2014. No late applications will be considered.

For the full Library Research Fellowship Program description and application instructions, see: Questions about the Program can be directed to George I. Paganelis, Curator, Tsakopoulos Hellenic Collection (

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