The Byzness

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OXFORD UNIVERSITY BYZANTINE SOCIETY

The Byzness, 2nd of February, 2014

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1. NEWS & EVENTS

2. CALLS FOR PAPERS

3. FELLOWSHIPS

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1. NEWS & EVENTS

 

Dear Colleagues,
Alessandra Ricci, Professor of Archaeology and Art History at Koç University in Istanbul, has sought the endorsement of BSANA and the other constituent organizations of the Association Internationale des Etudes Byzantines (AIEB) for the attached report of concern over the redevelopment of archaeologically sensitive areas near the Theodosian Walls in Istanbul.
As she has written to us:
The Report is addressed to UNESCO and calls for an emergency mission to the city of Istanbul in order to assess threats to the integrity of the Land Walls and adjoining monuments – Tekfur Saray and Studios being some of them.  This is with the purpose of preventing further destruction of this world monument site.
The report here has been circulated among the Governing Board of BSANA and generated consensus support. At the direction of President Glenn Peers, I am distributing this to the wider circle of BSANA members and friends. As always, questions and comments are welcome.
Warren Woodfin, BSANA Secretary
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Please see here for the news of some fantastic late-Antique archaeological finds in Israel-Palestine.

 

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Dumbarton Oaks announces its upcoming Byzantine Studies Symposium: “Knowing Bodies, Passionate Souls: Sense Perceptions in Byzantium,” to be held April 25–27, 2014. The Symposiarchs will be Susan Ashbrook Harvey of Brown University and Margaret Mullett of Dumbarton Oaks. Please see here for more details.

 

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Local Arrangements chair Dimitris Krallis has unveiled the website for this year’s Byzantine Studies Conference at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver. The site is still under construction, but it already has lots of information and a handsome look. You are encouraged to visit early and often at:  http://www.sfu.ca/~40thbsc/index.html

 
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After April 10th, 2014: Turkish visa can be obtained only from the Turkish missions abroad or over the e-Visa Application system (if you are eligible).
e-Visa is valid for tourism and trade purposes only.
You can check if you are eligible for e-Visa by clicking “Apply Now” of their website (https://www.evisa.gov.tr/en)  and selecting your nationality. Each traveler must obtain a separate e-Visa, including infants and kids. (Even though kids/infants are included in their parent’s passports)
Your passport must be valid at least for 6 months by the time you enter Turkey. Depending on your nationality, there might be some additional requirements to be met. You will be informed of these after you select your nationality and travel dates.
 
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Dear colleagues,
We have the pleasure to announce the completion of volume 3 of Parekbolai. An electronic journal for Byzantine literature, which you can download using your password from our website: http://ejournals.lib.auth.gr/parekbolai.
In addition to the articles of which we informed you in the past, please find there the last three articles published in 2013:
Marina Loukaki, Ekphrasis Earos. Le topos de la venue du printemps chez des auteurs byzantins
Alexandra Voudouri, Representations of Power in the Byzantios Oration of Theodore Metochites: Illusions and Realities
Filippos Germanis, Ανέκδοτος κανόνας εις την υπεραγίαν Θεοτόκον του Ευθυμίου Α´ Κωνσταντινουπόλεως (;)
We would also like to let you know that we have just uploaded the first article of volume 4 (2014):
 Sophia Xenophontos, Resorting to Rare Sources of Antiquity: Nikephoros Basilakes and the Popularity of Plutarch’s Parallel Lives in Twelfth-Century Byzantium
Once again we thank you for your support and are looking forward to our continuing co-operation.
Best regards,
The editorial committee
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Open to all, free admission
Lecture followed by a reception sponsored by Sam Fogg
in association with the International Center of Medieval Art, New York
ICMA at the Courtauld Lecture 2013/14
Series made possible through the generosity of Dr. William M. Voelkle
Wednesday 19 February 2014
5.30pm, Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre
Professor Robert Nelson (Robert Lehman Professor, Department of the History of Art, Yale University)
Patriarchal Lectionaries of Constantinople
For more details please see here.
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The programme and registration for the Leeds’ International Medieval Congress 2014 can be found here. The details for the OUBS-sponsored sessions can be found alphabetically under the name ‘The Komnenian Empire: La Belle Epoque Finale de Rome?’
 

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2. CALLS FOR PAPERS

 

The Religious Institutions of Jerusalem and Its Hinterland in Late Antiquity
Colloquium, Kenyon Institute, Jerusalem, 11-12 August 2014
In Late Antiquity, Jerusalem was a centre for the three Abrahamic faiths, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Each of these faiths transformed the sacred and physical topographies of the city in different ways. However, while much research has been done on Jerusalem and its most famous religious buildings—the Temple, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock—the relationship between these institutions in the centre and the religious settlements, buildings, and complexes of Jerusalem’s periphery has remained largely unexplored. This is rich ground for further exploration, and previous studies of some of the religious foundations outside of Jerusalem, for example Mar Saba and other desert monasteries, have revealed both connections and disjunctions between life in the holy city and in the surrounding cities, towns, countryside, and desert.
By illuminating the relationship between Jerusalem and the surrounding regions in the period, this colloquium aims to encourage a broader contextual approach to the study of religion, politics, and architecture, bounded by an emphasis on religious institutions. We encourage papers to consider the religious, social, political, architectural, art historical, and literary relationships between Jewish, Christian, and Islamic religious institutions in Jerusalem and the surrounding regions from the third through the ninth centuries CE. Papers might investigate pilgrim routes and sacred topography between Jerusalem and neighboring holy sites, religious and political links between religious buildings and settlements in the region, or artistic and architectural relationships between religious structures in Jerusalem and the surrounding area.
Please send abstracts of around 250 words to sleatherbury@gmail.com by 22 February for consideration. Participants will be expected to cover their own travel and accommodation, though the organizers may be able to assist with accommodation for junior scholars depending on availability and need.
Organized by Sean Leatherbury (Bard Graduate Center & Kenyon Institute) and Konstantin Klein (Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg & University of Oxford)
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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. Possible topics may include, but are by no means limited to:
– Legal studies: men, women and the law, court cases, law-breaking, marriage
– Byzantine studies
– Masculinity and/or femininity in the Middle Ages: ideas of gender norms and their application within current historiography
– Ambiguous genders: eunuchs, transvestites, transgender
– Homosexuality and sexual deviancy
– Orthodoxy and Heresy: transgressing orthodox thought, portrayals of religious ‘outsiders’, monasticism, lay religion, mysticism
– Social outcasts
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 genderandtransgression@st-andrews.ac.uk 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, http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/saims/gender/index.html as they become available. Please also follow us on twitter @standgt and find us on facebook!
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3rd International Conference  TAO-KLARJETI
17-21 October, 2014
The National Center of Manuscripts warmly invites scholars from different fields of research to submit proposals for the International Conference “Tao-Klarjeti”. This is the third conference on the issue.
Rich history and cultural significance of Tao-Klarjeti, which had established herself among the most prominent monastic centers of Eastern Christendom, has generated scholarly interest to the historical province.
In early middle ages Tao-Klarjeti was the flourishing principality and a significant center of the Georgian monastic movement. A big number of ruins of  fortresses, churches and monasteries scattered throughout the area corroborate the above. Local religious centers, which drew intellectual resources from entire Georgia, had close cultural contacts with the most significant monastic centers of the Byzantine realm.
Strategic location of Tao-Klarjeti made it a target of neighbouring empires, contributing to political fate of the province and to creation of a multicultural environment.
Until recently, the scholarly study of Tao-Klarjeti was mainly based on scarce historical written sources, data from the manuscripts copied locally, and results of several scientific expeditions to the region, which were held from 1870s till the end of the 20th century.
In the last two decades Tao-Klarjeti has been widely open to scholars and tourists. In a course of scientific expeditions held in the period under consideration, recent state of the known historical monuments was documented, unknown monuments of cultural heritage were revealed, epigraphic, ethnographic, folklore and demographic materials have been collected.
Thanks to the new reality, a need arose for international cooperation activities of the Georgian, Turkish and foreign scholars to accomplish multidisciplinary study of the monuments, to popularize the Tao-Klarjeti heritage, and to explore the areas which lie in the flood zone of a hydroelectric dam currently under construction. The goal of the third International Conference “Tao-Klarjeti” is to promote the above-mentioned objectives.
Working Sections
History / Source study / Archival study
History of art
Philology / Codicology / Textual criticism
Linguistics
Ethnology/Archaeology
Restoration/Conservation
Tourism and management of cultural legacy
Geography
 
Working Languages
Georgian
English
Turkish
Proposal
To submit a paper proposal for the conference, please complete the attached Proposal Form and send it by e-mail to conference@manuscript.ac.ge. Deadline for a proposal: 30 April, 2014
Abstract
Deadline: 25 May
Type: Acadnusx, Sylfaen, Times New Roman
Number of symbols at maximum: 2.000-4.000
Confirmation for participation by the organizing
group before 25 June
Paper
Deadline of submission following reception of
confirmation, within 1 month (25 July)
Type: Acadnusx, Sylfaen, Times New Roman
Number of symbols at maximum: 13.000
Notes
The paper should not neither be published, nor presented at any other conference
The abstract should clearly indicate the results of the study
Date of the conference
      17-21 October, 2014
Excursions
In the course of the conference visits are planned to several historical and
cultural sights in Samtskhe-Javakheti region
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Courtesy of Program Committee Chair Christina Maranci and Local Arrangements Chair Dimitri Krallis, we are pleased to announce the Call for Papers for the 40th Annual Byzantine Studies Conference, to be held from Thursday evening, November 6th, through Sunday afternoon, November 9th, at the downtown campus of Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, British Columbia.
 
The CFP is available on the BSANA website http://www.bsana.net/conference/index.html.

 

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3. FELLOWSHIPS

 

The Department of Art and Archaeology at Princeton University invites applications for a one-year (12-month appointment) Post-Doctoral Research Associate, starting July 1, 2014. This appointment may be renewed, subject to satisfactory performance and funding. For full details please see here.
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